Faith Ringgold, Artist
photo credit: Grace Matthews
Picnic on the Grass © Faith Ringgold 1997
Randolph-Macon College hosted artist Faith Ringgold on March 29, 2012 in Blackwell
Auditorium, R-MC Center for the Performing Arts. The artist presented “Faith Ringgold:
More Than 60 Years.”
Ringgold also hosted a quilt workshop for R-MC students and the community, and her
visit to the college was capped off with a reception at Gallery Flux in Ashland.
Faith Ringgold to view photos from the workshop and reception.
Ringgold is one of the most significant African-American artists of our time. Her
art, which includes painting, collage and quilts, is highly politicized and argues
against both racial and female oppression. Since the 1960s, her groundbreaking work
has been challenging stereotypes of both race and female identity and has been engaging
audiences in a meaningful dialogue about prejudices and misconceptions.
In her presentation she discussed the evolution and development in her work, beginning
with her political images of the 1960s, framed by her personal accounts about the
Civil Rights movement in the "American People Series," to her current work in pictorial
quilts and other forms of visual expression. Her thought-provoking exploration of
her ever-evolving work provided insight into her lifelong concerns as an artist,
activist, author and teacher.
This lecture was the culmination of R-MC’s three-part, interdisciplinary women’s
studies series, "Survivors, and it was sponsored by the
Art History Department and is supported by R-MC’s Committee on Assemblies
and Special Events (CASE), the Office of Student
Affairs, Women’s Studies and
the First Year Experience Colloquium (FYEC) “The
Longest American Century – History Realities and Theatrical Reflections," which
is taught by Professors Alphine Jefferson (history)
and Marilyn Mattys (communication studies).