Scott Heffley began collecting African-American quilts 20 years ago. His fascination with American folk art and textiles led him into this long-overlooked territory well before the current popularity of these quilts. When not pursuing his avocation of collecting, Scott restores paintings at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. He uses his experience of working on paintings by such masters as Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Sargent when he searches for quilts.
He has written Bold Improvisation: Searching for African-American Quilts for The Kansas City Star.