Faith Ringgold

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Faith Ringgold, painter, writer, speaker, mixed media sculptor and performance artist lives and works in Englewood, New Jersey. Ms Ringgold is professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego where she taught art from 1987 until 2002. Professor Ringgold is the recipient of more than 75 awards including 22 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees. She has received fellowships and grants that include the National Endowment For the Arts Award for sculpture (1978) and for painting (1989), The La Napoule Foundation Award for painting in France (1990), and The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for painting (1987) to name a few. Ringgold’s art has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East, and Africa. Her art is included in many private and public art collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and The Boston Museum of Fine Art among others. Ringgold also has numerous public commissions including 52 mosaics installed in the Los Angeles, California, Civic center subway station (2010), two 25 foot mosaic murals installed in the 125th street Subway station in New York City in 1996, and a mural celebrating the life of Eugenio Maria de Hostos for De Hostos Community College in the Bronx. Ringgold has completed sixteen children's books including the award winning Tar Beach, Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad In The Sky, My Dream of Martin Luther King and Talking to Faith Ringgold, (an autobiographical interactive art book for children of all ages, and The Story of Ms. Rosa Parks, which won the NAACP's Image Award 2000.