Faith Ringgold

Photo: Grace Matthews

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The Artist:
Faith Ringgold

The Caldecott Honor winner is best known for her painted story quilts, which include "Dinner at Gertrude Stein's" and "Dancing at the Louvre." 

"Back when I was starting out, someone at a party asked me what I did, and I said, 'I'm an artist.' And a friend of mine said, 'Faith, would you please stop telling people you're an artist? You're not an artist. You're an art teacher.' I thought: 'That's interesting that she thinks she can tell me who I am. I'm the one who determines when I'm an artist. And that's right here, right now.'"

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