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W. E. B. Du Bois Memorial Lecture: Faith Ringgold

March 23, 2009

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GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock is pleased to announce this year's speaker for the W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Lecture! Artist Faith Ringgold will speak on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center.

Her lecture is titled "More than 50 Years." According to her website, "In this survey lecture Ms. Ringgold begins in the early 1960's with political imagery and first hand accounts about the civil rights movement in the 'American People Series.'  Her inspiring, often humorous and always very human stories will illustrate her life's work as an artist, activist, author, teacher and parent through the evolution of an awesome body of work that constrains more than 100 paintings.  Images from the Women on a Bridge Series, 1988, The French Collection, 1991, the American Collection, 1997, and the Coming to Jones Rd Series, 2000, will be included."

Faith Ringgold began her artistic career more than 35 years ago as a painter. Today, she is best known for her painted story quilts—art that combines painting, quilted fabric and storytelling. She has exhibited in major museums in the USA, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She is in the permanent collection of many museums including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art. Her first book, Tar Beach was a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, among over thirty other honors. She has written and illustrated fourteen children's books. She 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, The La Napoule Foundation Award for painting in France, and seventeen honorary doctorates, one of which is from her alma mater The City College of New York.  She is a professor emeritus at the University of California in San Diego, California, where she taught art from 1987 until 2002.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the nation’s only college designed expressly to educate bright, highly motivated students after the tenth or eleventh grade. Founded in 1966 as the nation’s first and only early college, Simon’s Rock joined the Bard College system in 1979. It maintains its own campus in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (the heart of the culture-rich Berkshires), and unique identity as a supportive intellectual home for early college students. Bard College at Simon’s Rock enrolls approximately 450 full-time students, and grants both Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 40 academic concentrations.

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