Featuring: NYFA Hall of Fame Honoree Faith Ringgold

Featuring: NYFA Hall of Fame Honoree Faith Ringgold

On April 12, 2016 NYFA is honoring Faith at the annual NYFA Hall of Fame Benefit

This year’s honorees are NYFA affiliated artists James Casebere (Fellow in Sculpture ’89, Photography ’85, ’94), Anna Deavere Smith (Fiscally Sponsored Artist ’16), Faith Ringgold (Fellow in Painting ’88), and Zhou Long (Fellow in Music Composition ’00).

We will be featuring each artist on NYFA Current in the coming weeks starting with artist and activist Faith Ringgold:

Faith Ringgold, Fellow in Painting ‘88
Faith has received more than 75 awards, fellowships, citations and honors, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship for painting, two National Endowment for the Arts Awards (for painting and sculpture) and 23 honorary doctorates, one of which is from her alma mater The City College of New York. Ringgold is professor emeritus at the University of California in San Diego, California and is represented by ACA Galleries in New York City.
Faith’s public art works include, Flying Home: Harlem Heroes and Heroines (1996), in MTA’s 125th Street; For the Women’s House (1971), Rose M Singer Center on Rikers Island; The Crown Heights Children’s History Quilt (1994), a Percent for Art project at P.S. 22 in Brooklyn; Eugenio María de Hostos: The Man, His Life and His Dream (1994), located at Hostos Community College; Tar Beach Mosaic (2003), Princeton Library; and People Portraits (2010), fifty-two mosaic panels in the Civic center subway station in Los Angeles, CA. 


Recently Faith was featured in a New York Times Style Magazine article on female artists now in their 70s, 80s and 90s we should have known about decades ago.

Her perseverance and energy was also highlighted beautifully in the recent feature in ArtNews’ The Storyteller: At 85, Her Star Still Rising, Faith Ringgold Looks Back On Her Life In Art, Activism, And Education.

To hear from Faith herself about her experience as a female black artist, you can watch this video interview conducted by Makers, the largest video collection of women’s stories online.

Find out more about the NYFA Hall of Fame Benefit and buy tickets by clicking here.

Images, from top: Faith Ringgold in front of Tar Beach 2, Photo by Grace Matthews; Faith Ringgold (Painting ‘88), Groovin High, 1986

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