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Throughout her long career, artist Faith Ringgold has drawn from personal and collective histories to document both her life and the struggle for justice and equity. The exhibition “Faith Ringgold: American People” at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco brings together fifty years of groundbreaking work, and is the most comprehensive exhibition of her art to date. From painting to experimental story quilts, this talk will show how Ringgold’s artistic style evolved to bear witness to the complexity of the American experience. Long overdue, this retrospective provides a timely opportunity to engage with the art of an American icon.
Our guide for this exploration will be the multi-talented Sharon Walton, who has been a docent for the Fine Arts Museums since 1994. She received a B.A. with honors in Art from Ripon College in Wisconsin and an M.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Minnesota. She began her career with the Mixed Blood Theatre Company of Minneapolis, where she was a member of the acting company, and later Associate Producer and director of several productions. Locally, she has directed plays for Word for Word, Exit Theatre, and the African American Shakespeare Company, in addition to directing productions for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis. She has taught theatre workshops at the Climate Theatre in San Francisco and Cal State University Fresno.
Ms. Walton has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. Currently, she is the Communications and Special Events Manager for the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center.