November 30th // 5:30 pm

Artist Faith Ringgold will present the 2016 Jane Fortune Outstanding Women Visiting Artist Lecture at the Herron School of Art and Design.

The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Basile Auditorium of Eskenazi Hall on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. The lecture, with a book signing and reception immediately following, coincides with the opening of the Undergraduate Student Exhibition and is free and open to the public.

Ringgold creates art in many mediums, including quilting, which she has described as a way to make her subject matter more approachable. Her art and activism of the 1960s and '70s called out museums for not being inclusive of works by women and people of color. "Tar Beach," one of the most famous of her narrative quilts, now resides at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Ringgold created "Tar Beach" as part of the "Woman on a Bridge" series, begun in the late 1980s. The story of a young girl's resilient flights of fancy from the "tar beach" rooftop of her family home also became the first of 20 children's books written and/or illustrated by Ringgold. "Tar Beach" has won numerous awards, including a Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King illustrator award.

Ringgold is the recipient of more than 75 awards, including 23 honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees and fellowships. Her work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. She lives and works in Englewood, New Jersey. She is a professor emerita of the University of California, San Diego, where she taught art from 1984 until 2002.
Herron School of Art and Design / Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Campus, 420 University Blvd, IN 46202
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Professor Emeritus Faith Ringgold

Image Credit:
Faith Ringgold, Listen to the Trees (detail), 1997.
Acrylic on canvas with pieced fabric border
76 x 80"
Private Collection
From the Series: The American Collection; #11
Image is courtesy of Artist Faith Ringgold and the Herron School of Art and Design / Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Campus.

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