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Roots and Refuge: Digging Deeper
15 May - 14 Jul, 2020
National Quilt Museum,
215 Jefferson, Paducah, KY


Valerie C. White has been creating mixed media art quilts for more than two decades. Valerie retired from the District of Columbia Public Schools in Washington DC, after 25 years of committed Service as an art educator and guidance counselor, she continues to share her passion for textiles presenting lectures and teaching nationally. Valerie earned a B.F.A. from Howard University in Washington, DC and a M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Virginia Polytechnic University, in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Her work is widely exhibited in the United States and internationally; appearing in several publications such as, 500 Art Quilts, Quilting Arts Magazine, Creative Spaces Magazine, Quilters Newsletter Magazine, Quilt Life Magazine and most recently Art Quilting Studio magazine, summer 2017 issue.

Valerie’s quilt “The Guardians” adorns the cover of Quilting African American Women's History: Our Challenges, Creativity, and Champions by Dr. Mazloomi, founder of the Women’ of Color Quilters Network.

In 2008 Valerie was one of 44 artists invited to create a quilt to celebrate the inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama. During the event the quilt exhibited at the Historical Society Museum in Washington DC and was later Published in Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi's book: A Journey of Hope: Quilts Inspired By President Barack Obama.

In July 2014 Valerie attended the International Quilt Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa where she along with 50 quilt qrtists from South Africa and the United States had work juried into the exhibit Conscience of The Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela.

Most recently, The Daughters of the American Revolution awarded the prestigious Women in the Arts Recognition Award to Valerie, in August 2015. This national award is designed to recognize the outstanding achievements of worthy women who have contributed to their artistic field in an outstanding manner beyond mastery of technique.

Valerie is married and currently lives in Denver, Colorado, engaged in her art and enjoying her family.

Selected Exhibits

Selected Publications

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