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Mildred Jean Thompson, abstract painter, dies

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ATLANTA (AP) — Mildred Jean Thompson, an artist known for her vibrantly colored abstract paintings, died Sept. 1 of cancer. She was 68.

Thompson's works are in the permanent collections of New York City's Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the American Federation of the Arts and the Smithsonian Institution's National Collection of Fine Arts.

One of the few black American women trained in the European abstract expressionist style, Thompson also worked as a sculptor and printmaker, said a friend, Don Roman.

In 1989, she received an Artist Award from the Georgia Business Commission and in 1997 was honored with the Georgia State Governor's Award. She also was voted one of the Outstanding Black Women in America by the Smithsonian.