Medal of Honor to Harlem Artist Faith Ringgold 2017 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Harlem born artist Faith Ringgold will receive the Medal of Honor for Achievement in Fine Arts at The National Arts Club, Gramercy, New York, January 19, 2017.
Dr. Maya Angelou, George Faison, and Faith Ringgold. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
Faith Ringgold was born in Harlem, New York in 1930. She is an African-American educator, author, activist, and artist, best known for her narrative quilts. Ringgold’s artistic practice was extremely broad and diverse, and included media from painting to quilts, from sculptures and performance art to children’s books. In the early 1970s she left teaching to creating art full-time. She began a series of paintings called American People, which portrayed the civil rights movement from a female perspective. Through the years she has received countless fellowships, grants, and awards that include the National Endowment For the Arts Award for sculpture in 1978, and for painting in 1989; The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for painting in 1987; The La Napoule Foundation Award for painting in France in 1990; the NAACP Image Award; and 22 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees.
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