February 11, 2018

Faith Ringgold, lives and continues to work in Englewood, NJ. She began her career in the early 60’s as a painter, an art activist, feminist and an educator.  Her protests, events, happenings and exhibitions of the 60’s and 70’s took a stand for Freedom of Speech and equality, she broke ground and opened (museum) doors for artists of color and women. Today, she is best known for her painted story quilts and her illustrated children’s books. Ringgold’s first book, Tar Beach, was a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, among numerous other honors. Ringgold has illustrated fourteen children's books eleven of which were also written by her.  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, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Museum of Modern Art.

Ringgold’s public art works include, Flying Home: Harlem Heroes and Heroines, 1996 in MTA’s 125th street, For the Women’s House, 1971 Rose M Singer Center on Rikers Island. The Crown Heights Children’s History Quilt, 1994 a Percent for Art project is at P.S. 22 in Brooklyn.  Eugenio María de Hostos: The Man, His Life and His Dream 1994 located at Hostos Community College, Tar Beach mosaic, 2003 Princeton Library, and fifty-two mosaic panels in the Civic center subway station in Los Angeles, Ca. 


Ringgold 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 (for painting and sculpture) and 23 honorary doctorates, one of which is from her alma mater The City College of New York. Ringgold is professor emeritus at the University of California in San Diego, California and is represented by ACA Galleries in New York City. 



No one can tell you how to express yourself artistically! You have to run with your passion and see where it takes you!

Many who went to college for art, were taught certain rules about staying within the confines of the educational approach to art.

I have noticed that the artists with no formal training do not color within the lines, if you know what I mean. They are free in 

their expression and approach to creating art.


I have seen some beautiful art portraits done by using fabric and the quilting technique. Faith Ringgold tells wonderful stories using this process.

Other artists, use spray paint and stencils to create their storyline dealing with everyday life, such as Nina Chanel Abney.


The many ways of expressing art is endless! It's an individual thing. It's the artist and his or her passion running wild, taking them where ever it will.


No one can tell you how to express yourself artistically! You have to run with your passion and see where it takes you!




 Painting entitled "Die"



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