A painter, mixed media sculptor, performance artist, writer, teacher and lecturer, Faith Ringgold has worked across a wide range of media but is best known for her story quilts. Her work is greatly influenced by African art, and when she traveled to Nigeria and Ghana she was able to see firsthand their artistic tradition.
Later in her career, Ringgold began illustrating children’s books. Her first children’s book Tar Beach, won multiple awards including the Coretta Scott King Award and the Caldecott Honor. Her many children’s books address racism in a way that is approachable for children, and intertwine elements of fantasy throughout the stories.