African-American Artist Faith Ringgold

4 April 2015
This paper introduces and discusses the art of African-American artist Faith Ringgold and her influence as a black woman on folk art.

This paper discusses Ringgold’s background and her work. In addition to other media, she uses quilting as an art form to tell stories that show the difficulties of being black and a woman. Through her canvas and quilts, she has made lasting changes in the worlds of black women artists and folk art. Her work is shown in galleries and exhibitions all over the world.
Ringgold was born in New York City on October 8, 1930. She grew up in Harlem. Her mother, Willi Posey Jones, was a fashion designer, and when Ringgold was young, she spent a lot of time at home, watching her mother work. She learned how to sew from her mother, and learned about working with different kinds of fabrics, and about drawing. The family was poor, but they were very interested in art and culture, and often took her to local museums. She grew up with people in her neighborhood like Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, who influenced her in black culture and what blacks could accomplish.
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