Faith Ringgold (b. 1930) lives and works in New Jersey. Her work is included in over 50 prominent public collections including Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Smithsonian Institute of Art, Washington; Baltimore Museum of Art; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Newark Museum and St. Louis Art Museum, among many others.
Ringgold has received more than 75 awards, fellowships, citations and honours, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship for painting, two National Endowment for the Arts Awards (for painting and sculpture) and 23 honorary doctorates. Ringgold is Professor Emerita at the University of California in San Diego, California.
In 2016, the Museum of Modern Art in New York acquired Ringgold’s mural-scale painting American People Series #20: Die (1967). It was placed alongside Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) in the recent rehang of the permanent collection. This painting was also included in the major exhibition, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, at Tate Modern, London (2017). American People Series #18: The Flag is Bleeding (1967) replaced the painting in Soul of a Nation when the exhibition toured to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas, Brooklyn Museum, New York, The Broad, Los Angeles and later at the de Young Museum, San Francisco. Ringgold’s first solo exhibition in a European public institution took place at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 2019 and will tour to Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden and Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland later this year.