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Faith Ringgold on Women Artist in the 70’s

This is an Interview with Faith Ringgold. She talks about women artist, particularly in the 70’s.

[Below her biography from her website]

Faith Ringgold

May I introduce myself?

Portrait of Faith RinggoldFaith Ringgold, began her artistic career more than 35 years ago as a painter. Today, she is best known for her painted story quilts — art that combines painting, quilted fabric and storytelling. She has exhibited in major museums in the USA, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She is in the permanent collection of many museums including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art. Her first book, Tar Beach was a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, among numerous other honors. She has written and illustrated eleven children’s books. She has received more than 75 awards, fellowships, citations and honors, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship for painting, two National Endowment for the Arts Awards and seventeen honorary doctorates, one of which is from her alma mater The City College of New York.Faith Ringgold is married to Burdette Ringgold and has two daughters, Michele and Barbara Wallace; and three granddaughters, Faith, Theodora and Martha. She is a professor of art at the University of California in San Diego, California.

Faith Ringgold is an artist and author. She is the author and illustrator of some of my favorite children’s books. Though she has written many books “Tar Beach” and “Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky” are my favorites.

"Tar Beach" written and illustrated by Faith Ringgold

"Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky" written and illustrated by Faith Ringgold

As far as her artwork, her medium is non-traditional. She quilts.

She quilts whole scenes that are rich with movement and narration. You can definitely see the influence of her quilting in her books.

"Church Picnic", (1988) Acrylic on canvas, fabric border 74 x 69 " Currently at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.

"Picasso's Studio", (1991), Acrylic on canvas with pieced fabric border 73 x 68" From the Series: The French Collection Part I; #7 At the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Check out her stuff here at her website:


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