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Civil Rights Activist, Women's Right Activist, Author, Educator & Painter

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 Faith Ringgold Biography

Faith Ringgold is a painter, mixed media sculptor, performance artist, writer, teacher and lecturer. She received her B.S. and M.A. degrees in visual art from the City College of New York in 1955 and 1959. Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of California in San Diego, Ringgold has received 23 Honorary Doctorates.

During the early 1960s Ringgold traveled in Europe. She created her first political paintings, The American People Series from 1963 to 1967 and had her first and second one-person exhibitions at the Spectrum Gallery in New York. It portrays the American lifestyle in relation to the Civil Rights movement and illustrates these racial interactions from a woman’s point of view. This collection asks the question “why?” about some basic racial issues in American society.

In the early 1970s Ringgold began making tankas (inspired by a Tibetan art form of paintings framed in richly brocaded fabrics), soft sculptures and masks. She later utilized this medium in her masked performances of the 1970s and 80s. Although Faith Ringgold’s art was initially inspired by African art in the 1960s, it was not until the late 1970s that she traveled to Nigeria and Ghana to see the rich tradition of masks that have continued to be her greatest influence.

She made her first quilt, Echoes of Harlem, in 1980, in collaboration with her mother, Madame Willi Posey. The quilts were an extension of her tankas from the 1970’s. However, these paintings were not only bordered with fabric but quilted, creating for her a unique way of painting using the quilt medium.

Ringgold’s first story quilt Who’s Afraid of Aunt Jemima? was written in 1983 as a way of publishing her unedited words. The addition of text to her quilts has developed into a unique medium and style all her own.

Crown Publishers published Faith Ringgold’s first book, the award winning Tar Beach in 1991. It has won over 20 awards including the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King award for the best-illustrated children’s book of 1991. An animated version with Natalie Cole as the voice over was created by HBO in 2010. The book is based on the story quilt of the same title from The Woman on a Bridge Series, 1988. The original painted story quilt, Tar Beach, is in the permanent collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Her second children’s book Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky was published in 1992. In 1993 Hyperion Books published Dinner at Aunt Connie’s, Ringgold’s third book based on The Dinner Quilt, 1986. Her first book for an adult audience was her autobiography, We Flew Over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold. To date she has illustrated 17 children’s books.

Ringgold has been an activist since the 1970s, participating in several feminist and anti-racist organizations.

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Faith Ringgold

Civil Rights Activist, Women's Right Activist, Author, Educator & Painter

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Englewood, NJ, USA
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Faith Ringgold Biography

Faith Ringgold is a painter, mixed media sculptor, performance artist, writer, teacher and lecturer. She received her B.S. and M.A. degrees in visual art from the City College of New York in 1955 and 1959. Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of California in San Diego, Ringgold has received 23 Honorary Doctorates.

During the early 1960s Ringgold traveled in Europe. She created her first political paintings, The American People Series from 1963 to 1967 and had her first and second one-person exhibitions at the Spectrum Gallery in New York. It portrays the American lifestyle in relation to the Civil Rights movement and illustrates these racial interactions from a woman’s point of view. This collection asks the question “why?” about some basic racial issues in American society.

In the early 1970s Ringgold began making tankas (inspired by a Tibetan art form of paintings framed in richly brocaded fabrics), soft sculptures and masks. She later utilized this medium in her masked performances of the 1970s and 80s. Although Faith Ringgold’s art was initially inspired by African art in the 1960s, it was not until the late 1970s that she traveled to Nigeria and Ghana to see the rich tradition of masks that have continued to be her greatest influence.

She made her first quilt, Echoes of Harlem, in 1980, in collaboration with her mother, Madame Willi Posey. The quilts were an extension of her tankas from the 1970’s. However, these paintings were not only bordered with fabric but quilted, creating for her a unique way of painting using the quilt medium.

Ringgold’s first story quilt Who’s Afraid of Aunt Jemima? was written in 1983 as a way of publishing her unedited words. The addition of text to her quilts has developed into a unique medium and style all her own.

Crown Publishers published Faith Ringgold’s first book, the award winning Tar Beach in 1991. It has won over 20 awards including the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King award for the best-illustrated children’s book of 1991. An animated version with Natalie Cole as the voice over was created by HBO in 2010. The book is based on the story quilt of the same title from The Woman on a Bridge Series, 1988. The original painted story quilt, Tar Beach, is in the permanent collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Her second children’s book Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky was published in 1992. In 1993 Hyperion Books published Dinner at Aunt Connie’s, Ringgold’s third book based on The Dinner Quilt, 1986. Her first book for an adult audience was her autobiography, We Flew Over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold. To date she has illustrated 17 children’s books.

Ringgold has been an activist since the 1970s, participating in several feminist and anti-racist organizations.

Faith Ringgold Videos

  • An Evening with Artist Faith Ringgold
    Renowned painter, quilt-maker, and author Faith Ringgold discusses her life in art and the continued relevance of artistic activism in dialogue with...
  • Chubb Fellowship Lecture: Anyone Can Fly – Faith Ringgold
    Faith Ringgold - Chubb Fellow, delivers the spring 2018 Chubb Fellowship lecture “Anyone Can Fly” at 4:30pm on Thursday February 15th in the Yale...
  • Faith Ringgold: Artist & Activist
    Faith Ringgold on fighting to get women and African-American artists into museums and the power of art.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Faith Ringgold for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Faith Ringgold, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Faith Ringgold or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Faith Ringgold?

    Booking fees for Faith Ringgold, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Faith Ringgold, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Faith Ringgold?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Faith Ringgold for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Faith Ringgold for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Faith Ringgold or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Faith Ringgold or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Faith Ringgold is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Faith Ringgold for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Faith Ringgold generally travels from Englewood, NJ, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Clayborne Carson, Nikki Giovanni, Yusef Salaam, Bobby Seale and Julianne Malveaux. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Faith Ringgold for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Faith Ringgold Speaker Videos

  • An Evening with Artist Faith Ringgold
    Renowned painter, quilt-maker, and author Faith Ringgold discusses her life in art and the continued relevance of artistic activism in dialogue with KU Distinguished Professor Maryemma Graham,...
    Chubb Fellowship Lecture: Anyone Can Fly – Faith Ringgold
    Faith Ringgold - Chubb Fellow, delivers the spring 2018 Chubb Fellowship lecture “Anyone Can Fly” at 4:30pm on Thursday February 15th in the Yale University Art Gallery Auditorium. She discusses...
  • Faith Ringgold: Artist & Activist
    Faith Ringgold on fighting to get women and African-American artists into museums and the power of art.
    Artist Faith Ringgold on the Tar Beach Story Quilt
    Artist Faith Ringgold talks about the process of creating the Tar Beach story quilt. Faith Ringgold was featured in the Threads episode of Craft in America, which premiered in May 2012 on PBS.

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