Professor Emeritus

Faith Ringgold, painter, mixed media sculptor, performance artist and writer lives and works in La Jolla, California and Englewood, New Jersey.

Professor Ringgold is the recipient of more than 75 awards including fifteen Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees, and other fellowships and grants including the National Endowment For the Arts Award for sculpture (1978) and for painting (1989); The La Napoule Foundation Award for painting in France (1990); The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for painting (1987); The New York Foundation For the Arts Award for painting (1988); The American Association of University Women for travel to Africa (1976); The Creative Artists Public Service Award for painting (1971).

Ringgold's art has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the USA, Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East, and Africa. Her art is included in many private and public art collections including The Boston Museum of Fine Art, The Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, The National Museum of American Art, The Baltimore Museum, Williams College Museum of Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The High Museum of Fine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Newark Museum, The Phillip Morris Collection and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Ringgold's current painting includes The American Collection, a series of twelve painted story quilts in which Ringgold undertakes to rewrite African American art history. This series is an extension of Ringgold's French Collection series which she began in Paris and the South of France in 1990. These new works will be featured in the exhibition and catalog Faith Ringgold: Dancing at the Louvre, The French Collection and other Story Quilts curated by Dan Cameron of The New Museum of Contemporary Art. The show will travel to The Akron Museum, The Berkeley Museum, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Baltimore Museum, The Fort Wayne Museum, The Chicago Cultural Center and other venues into the year 2000.

Ringgold's public commissions include Flying Home: Harlem Heroes and Heroines, two 25-foot mosaic murals installed on the uptown and downtown platforms of the 125th street Independent Rapid Transit (7th Avenue IRT) Subway station in New York City in 1996; The Crown Heights Children's Story Quilt featuring folklore from the 12 major cultures that settled Crown Heights is installed in the library at PS 90 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn; Eugenio Maria de Hostos: A Man and His Dream, a mural celebrating the life of Eugenio Maria de Hostos, for De Hostos Community College in the Bronx is installed in the atrium of the college.

Ringgold's first published book, the award winning, Tar Beach, "a book for children of all ages," was published by Random House in 1991 and has won more than 30 awards including the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King award for the best illustrated children's book of 1991. The book, Tar Beach, is based on the story quilt Tar Beach, from Ringgold's The Woman On A Bridge Series of 1988 and is in the permanent collection of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Ringgold has written and illustrated a total of nine children's books including the above mentioned Tar Beach, Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad In The Sky, My Dream of Martin Luther King, Talking to Faith Ringgold, (an autobiographical interactive art book for children of all ages) and recently, The Invisible Princess, all published by Random House. Dinner at Aunt Connie's House (based on The Dinner Quilt, a painted story quilt Ringgold created in 1986), and Bonjour Lonnie were both published by Hyperion Books, a Walt Disney publisher. If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks, will soon be released and a book about the Harlem Renaissance is in the works with Simon and Schuster. We Flew Over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold, Ringgold's first adult book was published by Little, Brown in 1995.

Ringgold curated The Texas National Exhibition exhibition titled Art for the Year 2000 at Stephen Austin College in Nagodocies, Texas in April of 1996. Three thousand entries were submitted and $4,500 in prizes were awarded. Included among the 125 finalists were some of Ringgold's former students who have studied with her on the east coast or at UCSD. In October of 1996, she curated the 25th anniversary exhibition of the Women's Caucus for Art International Exhibition which opened in Chicago in February of 1997.

To see images on-line, go to http://www.artincontext.org/artist/ringgold.