Faith Ringgold's Biography
Faith Ringgold is an American artist, writer, and teacher, best known for her vibrant quilts which explore themes of race and gender. Born in 1930 in Harlem, New York, Ringgold began her career as an artist in the 1960s. She was part of the Black Arts Movement, a movement which sought to empower African Americans through art and literature. Ringgold has exhibited her work in numerous galleries and museums around the world, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Along with her artwork, she has written and illustrated several award-winning children's books, including Tar Beach and Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky. In addition to her creative endeavors, Ringgold has taught at numerous colleges and universities, including Yale University, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the University of California, Berkeley.