Born October 8~ Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold (born October 8, 1930) is an American painter, author, illustrator, mixed media sculptor, and performance artist, best known for her narrative quilts.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faith_Ringgold

Sonny’s Bridge by Faith Ringgold
1986 / Acrylic on cotton canvas / 84-1/2″x60″ / High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Faith Ringgold on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/faith-ringgold/

Further reading:
https://www.faithringgold.com/
https://www.thecollector.com/faith-ringgold-makes-it-possible/
https://www.wmagazine.com/culture/faith-ringgold-art-studio-glenstone

Books by Faith Ringgold: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/authorpage/faith-ringgold.html

Born October 7~ Rose Piper

Rose Theodora Piper (October 7, 1917-May 11, 2005) was a painter in the 1940s. She then ran a greeting card company, designed textiles, and raised her family, returning to painting in the 1980s. Piper’s style shifted throughout her career.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Piper

Blues Singer by Rose Piper
1989 / Mixed media on paper / 24-1/2″x19″ / Petrucci Family Foundation Collection

Rose Piper on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/rose-piper/

Further reading:
https://aaregistry.org/story/rose-piper-artist-born/
https://focusonafricanamericanart.com/product-category/rose-piper/
https://www.philiphautmann.at/homage-to-rose-piper/

Born September 22~ Alma Thomas

Alma Woodsey Thomas (September 22, 1891-February 24, 1978) was an African-American artist and educator who is best known for her colorful, abstract compositions.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Thomas

Breeze Rustling Through Fall Flowers by Alma Thomas
1968 / Acrylic on canvas / 57-7/8″x50″ / The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

Alma Thomas on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/alma-woodsey-thomas/

Further reading:
https://www.moma.org/artists/47098
https://www.artnews.com/feature/alma-thomas-who-is-she-why-is-she-important-1234599867/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/alma-thomas-retrospective-1973476

“Alma W. Thomas:: Everything Is Beautiful” exhibition: https://chrysler.org/exhibition/alma-thomas/

Born September 20~ Adrian Piper

“Adrian Margaret Smith Piper (born September 20, 1948) is a first-generation Conceptual artist and analytic philosopher who was born in New York City.”
Adrian Piper’s “reconstructed” Wikipedia:
http://adrianpiper.com/removed-and-reconstructed-en.wikipedia-biography.shtml

Political Self-Portrait #2 (Race) by Adrian Piper
1978 / Photostat collage / 36″x24″ / Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Collection

Adrian Piper on Wikiart: https://bit.ly/3CvyDEv

Further reading:
https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/about/feminist_art_base/adrian-piper
https://www.shadesofnoir.org.uk/creatives/portfolio/adrian-piper/
https://carnegiemuseums.org/magazine-archive/2001/marapr/awm1.htm

Born September 17~ Mavis Pusey

Mavis Iona Pusey (September 17, 1928-April 20, 2019) was a Jamaican-born American abstract printmaker, painter, and educator known for her hard-edge, nonrepresentational images.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mavis_Pusey

Impact on Vibration by Mavis Pusey
1968 / Screenprint on paper / 33″x22-1/2″ / Petrucci Family Foundation, Asbury, NJ

Mavis Pusey on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/mavis-pusey/

Further reading:
https://www.annexgalleries.com/artists/biography/1923/Pusey/Mavis
https://www.studiomuseum.org/article/remembering-mavis-pusey
https://westharlem.art/2020/12/30/mavis-iona-pusey/

Born September 7~ May Howard Jackson

May Howard Jackson (September 7, 1877-July 12, 1931) was an American sculptor, artist, and educator. She was the first known African American woman to attend PAFA, receiving a full scholarship.
Biography on Alexander Street website:
https://search.alexanderstreet.com/view/work/bibliographic_entity%7Cbibliographic_details%7C4078817

Portrait Bust of an African by May Howard Jackson
1899 / Bronze / 21″x12-3/4″ / Kinsey African American Art & History Collection (travels)

May Howard Jackson on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/may-howard-jackson/

Further reading:
https://aaregistry.org/story/a-great-sculptor-ahead-of-her-time-may-jackson/
PAFA Acquires Landscape Painting by May Howard Jackson: https://bit.ly/3kUGgNH
https://www.thekinseycollection.com/

Born August 30~ Amy Sherald

Amy Sherald (born August 30, 1973) is an American painter whose portraits document contemporary African-American experience in the United States.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Sherald

Breonna Taylor by Amy Sherald / 2020 / Oil on linen / 54″x43″
National Museum of African American History & Culture, DC, and Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY

Amy Sherald on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/amy-sherald/

Further reading:
https://www.hauserwirth.com/artists/11577-amy-sherald
https://www.creativeboom.com/inspiration/the-great-american-fact-amy-sherald/
https://www.interviewmagazine.com/art/amy-sherald-discuss-thom-browne-devoting-your-life-to-art

Born August 27~ Wilhelmina Godfrey

Wilhelmina McAlpin Godfrey (August 27, 1914-May 13, 1994) was an American painter, printmaker, textile artist, educator, and community activist.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelmina_McAlpin_Godfrey

Composition I by Wilhelmina Godfrey
1968 / Oil on canvas / 61″x29″ / Private collection

Wilhelmina Godfrey on Artsy: https://www.artsy.net/artist/wilhelmina-mcalpin-godfrey

Further reading:
https://www.uncrownedcommunitybuilders.com/person/wilhelmina
https://www.meibohmfinearts.com/artists/details/2858
https://www.burchfieldpenney.org/general/blog/article:02-24-2020-12-00am-wilhelmina-godfrey-artist-educator-innovator-and-community-builder/

Born August 15~ Alice Taylor Gafford

Alice Taylor Gafford (August 15, 1886-October 27, 1981) was an American artist and educator. Gafford was a nurse for 25 years before studying at Otis and beginning her career in art.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Taylor_Gafford

Tea Party by Alice Taylor Gafford
1967 / Oil painting / Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Alice Taylor Gafford on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/alice-taylor-gafford/

Further reading:
https://www.holmesartgallery.com/alicetaylorgafford
https://aaregistry.org/story/one-of-l-a-s-finest-alice-t-gafford/
https://www.digmaglb.com/blog/category/decade-by-decade-women-artists-of-california

Born August 1~ Jackie Ormes

Jackie Ormes (August 1, 1911-December 26, 1985) was the first syndicated African American woman cartoonist to be published in a newspaper.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Ormes

Torchy in Heartbeats by Jackie Ormes
August 4, 1951 / The Pittsburgh Courier / LOC Prints and Photographs Division, D.C.

Jackie Ormes’ Patty-Jo Doll: https://blackdollcollecting.blogspot.com/2010/02/mibdh-jackie-ormes-patty-jo-and-other.html

Further reading:
https://baladycreatives.com/ladies-in-history-jackie-ormes/
https://www.shondaland.com/live/a26668329/jackie-ormes-comic-radicalism/
https://wednesdayswomen.com/jackie-ormes-first-african-american-female-cartoonist/