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Artist Statement

Sandy Barrett Hassan, a native Washingtonian, began quilting in the 1970s by making crib quilts for her daughters and friends. In 1984, she joined the Daughters of Dorcas, a District of Columbia chapter of the National Quilting Association and in She is currently a member of Uhuru Quilters and Wee Bee.

Sandy’s fiber art has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the metropolitan area including the Smithsonian and the Sumner Museums.  Her quilts are included in two books: Communion of the Spirits by Roland Freeman and Spirits of the Cloth by Carolyn Mazlomi.  Sandy was commissioned by he District of Columbia Historian to make pictorial quilt blocks commemorating historic sites for the DC Bicentennial celebration.  Sandy’s home studio was featured in a nationally televised segment of “B Smith Style.” Sandy’s quilts are currently on sale in the gift shop of the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture.

Sandy was a member of the African Heritage Dances and Drummers performance troupe.  She sang and recorded with In Process, an a cappella ensemble that grew out of a workshop with the renowned Sweet Honey in the Rock.

She is married to jazz educator and WPFW announcer, Rusty Hassan, and has two daughters and two grandchildren.