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Laverne Brackens, a quilter from Fairfield, Texas, accepts her 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman.

Laverne Brackens, a quilter from Fairfield, Texas, accepts her 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. At the ceremony, Rocco Landesman said, "A master quilter whose use of striking colors and bold patterns reveal her skills at visual improvisation, Laverne Brackens is a teacher of quilting who proudly stands as a central figure in a four-generation line of quilters in her family." Photo by Tom Pich