3Faith Ringgold was born in Harlem on October 8, 1930.
4Ringgold grew up in Harlem Ringgold grew up in Harlem. Experiencing her first asthma attack at the age of two, she never went to kindergarten or most of the first grade due to her asthma Faith and her mother spent much time together, a closeness that would continue through her lifetime.
5Mother 's Quilt 1983, Acrylic on canvas, dyed, painted and pieced fabric 58 x 43.5", Private Collection
6Faith Ringgold, began her artistic career more than 35 years ago as a painter.
7The American People Series #1: Between Friends 1963,Oil on canvas, 40 x 24" ACA Galleries, New York From the Series: American People
8Today, she is best known for her painted story quilts -- art that combines painting, quilted fabric and storytelling.
9The Dinner Quilt, 1986, Acrylic on canvas, fabric border 48 The Dinner Quilt, 1986, Acrylic on canvas, fabric border 48.5 x 66”, Private Collection
10She has exhibited in major museums in: the USAEuropeSouth AmericaAsiaAfricathe Middle EastEuropeAsiaThe USAthe Middle EastAfricaSouth America
11She is in the permanent collection of many museums, including: the Museum of Modern ArtThe Metropolitan Museum of Artthe Guggenheim Museumthe Studio Museum in Harlem
12Her first book, Tar Beach won numerous honors, including: Caldecott Honor Bookthe Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration
13Tar Beach 1988, Acrylic on canvas, tie-dyed, pieced fabric border 74 x 69” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
14Faith Ringgold’s Achievements wrote and illustrated eleven children's booksWon more than 75 awards, fellowships, citations and honorsthe Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship for paintingtwo National Endowment for the Arts Awardsseventeen honorary doctoratesa professor of art at the University of California in San Diego,
15Church Picnic 1988 Acrylic on canvas, fabric border 74 x 69 " The High Museum of Art, Atlanta
16Faith Ringgold’s family married to Burdette Ringgoldhas two daughters, Michele and Barbara Wallacethree granddaughters, Faith, Theodora and Martha.
17The American People Series #2: For Members Only Oil on canvas 36 x 40" Collection of the Artist From the Series: American People
18The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles Acrylic on canvas, tie-dyed, pieced fabric border 74 x 80" From the Series: The French Collection Part I; #4 Private CollectionLook carefully at the quilt.Can you find Vincent Van Gogh?
19Faith Ringgold's art sends a messages about things that are important to African-American women. Her images are enjoyable to many people because of her use of whimsical, bright- colored images that are presented in a traditional mediums such as quilts, dolls, and story-telling.
20Le Cafe des Artistes 1994, Acrylic on canvas, tie-dyed, pieced fabric border, 79.5 x 90" From the Series: The French Collection Part II; #11, Private Collection
21Wanted: Douglas, Tubman and Truth Acrylic on canvas; painted and pieced border 77 x 82.25" Private Collection From the Series: The American Collection; #10
22Faith Ringgold’s Education 1948, graduated from Morris High School in the BronxCity College in New York, registered in the School of Education majoring in Art and Minoring in educationMany instructors tried to discourage her from being an artist. This made Ringgold only more determined.
23Sonny's Quilt 1986 Acrylic on canvas with pieced fabric border 84 Sonny's Quilt Acrylic on canvas with pieced fabric border x 60" Private Collection
24Faith graduated from City College with a B. S Faith graduated from City College with a B.S. in Fine Art in 1955 and got a job teaching in the New York City Public School system at Junior High School #136 in Harlem. In 1959 she then completed her Master's degree in Art at City College(Ringgold 55).
25The Black Light Series: The American Spectrum 1969, Oil on canvas,18 x 72" Collection: Chase Manhattan Bank, New York From the Series: Black Light
26Faith Ringgold, her mother Willa Posey and Faith's two daughters Michele and Barbara took their first trip to Europe in 1961, to tour the museums of Paris, Nice, Florence, and Rome. Faith wrote, " somehow I felt that being in Europe--where Picasso, Matisse, Monet and other great painters had lived-- would lead me to the answer" (Ringgold 131). The answer to her question of whether she could be an artist or not.
27Dancing at the Louvre 1991, Acrylic on canvas, tie-dyed, pieced fabric border x 80”, From the Series: The French Collection Part I; #1 Private Collection
28In the early 60's Ringgold was trying to get gallery representation and involvement in the New York art community. Romare Bearden included her in a group show entitled Art of the American Negro curated by him in This was her first gallery appearance (Ringgold 150).
29Bessie's Blues 1997 Acrylic on canvas; painted and pieced border 74 Bessie's Blues Acrylic on canvas; painted and pieced border x 79.5" ACA Galleries, New York From the Series: The American Collection; #5
30Ringgold looked for a gallery on the prestigious East 57th Street area but none were showing the work of Black women artists. Jacob Lawrence, represented by ACA Galleries, was the only black artist to be shown in this area (Ringgold 143).
31Coming to Jones Road # , Acrylic on canvas with pieced border, 57 x 87" ACA Galleries, New York, From the Series: Coming to Jones Road
32Faith was invited to join Spectrum Gallery in a co-op gallery run by Robert Newman, a poet and critic. There were 20 artists involved in the gallery--only 5 were women and Ringgold was the only black artist (Ringgold 155).
33Ringgold started her first mature work in , the American People Series. With a style she termed SuperRealism. Ringgold describes the style, "the idea was to make a statement in my art about the Civil Rights Movement and what was happening to Black people in America at the time, and to make it super-real" (Ringgold 144). American People had been about complicated interrelations of black and white people stuggling with fear and inequality (Ringgold 173
34The American People Series #8: The In Crowd 1964, Oil on canvas, 48 x 26" ACA Galleries, New York ,From the Series: American People