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FAITH RINGGOLD TO PRESENT TWO SLIDE LECTURES AT AQUINAS COLLEGE PLUS RINGGOLD ART PIECES ON DISPLAY IN ART AND MUSIC CENTER GALLERY SPONSORED BY AQUINAS COLLEGE JANE HIBBARD IDEMA WOMEN’S STUDIES CENTER

August 8, 2005 - Faith Ringgold, internationally renowned painter, award-winning writer, mixed media sculptor, performance artist and activist will present two slide lectures titled "Quilts as Art and Story: The Works of Faith Ringgold" in the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, 1703 Robinson Road, S.E. The lectures are on Wednesday, October 12, noon to 1:30 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Following the presentations, there will be time for questions and answers. Tickets for Ringgold’s slide presentations are $10 per person and may be purchased by calling (616) 632-2449. Seating is limited. Both lectures will be followed by a book signing.

Three Ringgold award-winning painted story quilts and numerous art pieces including silk screens of some her most famous works will be on display in the Aquinas College Art and Music Center Gallery from Monday, October 3 through Friday, October 14. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The quilt display is free and open to the public. A docent led tour of the quilts for groups of 10 to 25 can be arranged by calling (616) 632-2449. Two video tapes will be available in the Gallery for self-guided tours.

On Thursday, October 13, Ringgold will do four presentations to students in grades two through eight (grouped appropriately by age) from Southeast Academic (Sigsbee), Henry and Congress Schools at Wealthy Theatre. Her presentations will include a slide show of her work and a talk that will weave together elements of her life as an artist, feminist, author and social activist. The specific focus of her talk will vary by grade level.

The mission of the event is to offer the Grand Rapids community an opportunity to experience first hand the life and story of a world renowned artist who is also a feminist, social activist, author, mother and grandmother. Her work synthesizes painting, quilting and storytelling, bringing together traditions of Western art and African American craft and folklore.

For additional information or questions, please call either (616) 632-2449 or visit the Web site.