Artist Faith Ringgold, creator of 'Tar Beach,' to speak at Herron Undergraduate Student Exhibition opening

  • Nov. 16, 2016


INDIANAPOLIS -- 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. 

About the Undergraduate Exhibition
This year's Undergraduate Exhibition jurist is Liz Garvey of Garvey Simon Art Access in New York City. Garvey will choose works from student submissions across a wide variety of media. The exhibition will take place in the Berkshire, Reese, Paul, and Marsh galleries. The Basile Gallery will feature a sampling of broadsides and artist's books from the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here CoalitionThe collection represents the solidarity with the people of Iraq that poured forth from around the globe in response to the 2007 car bombing of the intellectual center of Baghdad.

About the Jane Fortune Lecture
"I want to make an impact on the community that surrounds me and help make the arts accessible to our residents," said Jane Fortune, author, cultural editor, art historian, art collector, and philanthropist, when she established the Jane Fortune Outstanding Women Visiting Artist Lecture. This series brings prominent female artists to the Herron School of Art and Design and has included Polly Apfelbaum, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Deborah Butterfield, Judy Chicago, and Eleanor Antin. For gallery hours and parking information, visit the Herron Galleries online.

"Listen to the Trees" by Faith Ringgold

"Listen to the Trees" by Faith Ringgold

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