Featured Speaker: Faith Ringgold
Internationally renowned artist, educator, author, and social activist, Faith Ringgold began her artistic career in the 1960’s as a painter. She is best known for her painted story quilts – art that combines painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling. Her art is part of many private and public art collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Whitney Museum, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Museum of Modern Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Art, The Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, The Baltimore Museum, The High Museum of Fine Art, The Newark Museum, The Phillip Morris Collection, and The St. Louis Art Museum.
Her first book, Tar Beach, based on her quilt with that title, was a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. She has written and/or illustrated 14 children's books; received more than 75 awards, fellowships, citations and honors, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship for painting, two National Endowment for the Arts Awards and 23 honorary doctorates. Ringgold’s work is inspired by history, people's stories, and art forms from other cultures as well as her own African American heritage and life in Harlem, New York City.