Faith Ringgold


Faith Ringgold (born Faith Willi Jones; October 8, 1930 – April 12, 2024) was an American painter, author, mixed media sculptor, performance artist, and intersectional activist, perhaps best known for her narrative quilts.

Ringgold was born in Harlem, New York City, and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the City College of New York. She was an art teacher in the New York City public school system. As a multimedia artist, her works explored themes of family, race, class, and gender. Her series of story quilts, designed from the 1980s on, captured the experiences of Black Americans and became her signature art form. During her career, she promoted the work of Black artists and rallied against their marginalization by the art museums. She wrote and illustrated over a dozen children's books. Ringgold's art has been exhibited throughout the world and is in the permanent collections of The Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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Classically trained as a painter and sculptor, she began producing political paintings in the 1960s and '70s and other works later that focused on themes of race, gender, class, family and community. Her work appeared in multiple media, including quilts, and later texts and illustration of books. She was a staunch advocate of bringing the work of Black people and women into the collections of major American museums.

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Faith Ringgold, Faith Willi Jones

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