Faith Ringgold born on October 8, 1930 as Faith Willi Jones, in Harlem, New York City is an African-American painter, writer, speaker, mixed media sculptor and performance artist who lives and works in Englewood, New Jersey. Best known for her painted story quilts; she was educated at the City College of New York, where she studied with Robert Gwathmey and Yasuo Kuniyoshi. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree, she taught in the public school system in New York. She received an MA from the college in 1959. In 1970, Ringgold began teaching college level courses. She is the professor emeritus in the University of California, San Diego visual art department.
Ringgold was greatly influenced by the fabric she worked with at home with her mother, Willi Posey, who was a fashion designer. She has used fabric in many of her artworks, combining painting, quilting, and storytelling. During the late 1960s and the 1970s, she was one of the first female artists to protest discrimination against people of color and women in art exhibits and museums, and succeeded in opening the New York art world up to more women and minorities. Ringgold's work is in the permanent collection of many museums including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and other museums, mostly in New York City.Ringgold is represented by ACA Gallery. http://www.faithringgold.com/
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