Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Moment

Mother's Chance

Mother's Chance

More From Faith

In this video

Ringgold explains how her mother seized the new workplace opportunities brought by WWII to change her life.

Faith's Biography

Cause of Choice: Anyone Can Fly Foundation
Inspiring Contemporaries: James Baldwin and Shirley Chisholm
Most Proud Of: Being able to quit her job at 42 years old and become a full-time artist.
Prominent Patrons: Gloria Steinem, Florence Kennedy, and Betty Friedan all attended her first one-woman art show in 1967.

Faith Ringgold is one of America’s most gifted and generous visual storytellers. Though originally trained as a painter, she has worked to superb effect across media. Ringgold is best known for the painted story quilts in which she draws on African American folklore tradition, often to dramatize—to humanize—institutional and national histories. The quilts are dazzling in their brilliant colors, their patterns and their interplay of the visual and textual. Fierce strength, good humor, eros, heartbreak and perseverance abound. Born in 1930 in New York City, Ringgold is a daughter of the Harlem Renaissance and the artistic sister of Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, James Baldwin and Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones).
 
She studied at the City College of New York, where she received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In the early 1970s, she became a leader in the Black Arts movement and women's arts movement, organizing protests against major museums for excluding works of black and women artists. In 1971, Ringgold co-founded Where We At, a black women artists group. The following year, she used all-female imagery in For The Women’s House, installed at the Women’s House of Detention at Riker’s Island. Ringgold’s life as an author began in 1991, with the publication of Tar Beach, the winner of multiple awards and the first of more than a dozen books. A Professor Emerita of the University of California, San Diego, Faith Ringgold lives and works in Englewood, New Jersey.

Related Videos

Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes
Writer, Producer

Shonda Rhimes is a screenwriter, director and producer. A Dartmouth undergraduate, Rhimes studied screenwriting at USC and earned a Gary Rosenberg Writing Fellowship Award. In 2001...

Marie Wilson
Marie Wilson
Women's Activist

Marie Wilson is a women's activist dedicated to establishing women in leadership and power positions to create positive change. She founded and served as President of The White...

Tracy K. Smith
Tracy K. Smith
Poet

Tracy K. Smith is a poet, educator and author of three collections of poetry. Her most recent book of poems, Life on Mars, won her critical acclaim and a full-page review in the Ne...

Bethany Hamilton
Bethany Hamilton
Professional Surfer

Born into a family of surfers in Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany Hamilton has been surfing almost as long as she has been walking. Entering her first competition around age four, and sponso...