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Private Showroom: Featured Artists

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Faith Ringgold created "Dear Selma..." to honor the artist, Selma Burke (1900-1995), who sculpted the original portrait bust of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, which was later used on the US dime. She was never credited for her artistic contribution. Ringgold's print acknowledges this injustice in her printed inscription on her print.

"Dear Selma..." is a rare print -- #21/65. It is hand signed, numbered, dated, and inscribed; and is embossed with printer's stamp (Raven Fine Art Editions.) **This print is committed to an exhibition at Egg Collective in New York through the end of May, 20201. It will be available to ship in early June.**

Ringgold earned a BA from City College of the City University of New York in 1955. She then taught art in New York City public schools and worked on a master’s degree at City College, which she completed in 1959. Ringgold’s first solo gallery shows were held in 1967 and 1970 at the cooperative Spectrum Gallery, New York. Retrospectives of her work have been organized by Rutgers University, New Brunswick (1973), the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (1984), and the Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hempstead (1990). Ringgold’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions devoted to political art, women’s art, contemporary quilts, and African American art, as well as in the Whitney Biennial (1985). Her achievements as an artist, teacher, and activist have been recognized with numerous honors, including National Endowment for the Arts awards in sculpture (1978) and painting (1989), a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1987), and sixteen honorary doctorates.


John Dowell, Professor Emeritus of Printmaking at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, is a nationally recognized artist who captures the pulse of cities and agricultural landscapes of America in his large-scale photographs. He has been an artist and master-printer for more than four decades. His prints, paintings, and photographs have been featured in more than 50 one-person exhibitions, and are represented in the permanent collections of 70 museum and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Fogg Museum of Harvard University, the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design, the Lehigh University Museum, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.


Richard J. Watson is an icon in the Philadelphia art world. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1968), has taught at his alma mater, and has served in the Exhibitions Department at the African American Museum in Philadelphia since the 1980s. He has been exhibiting his work for decades, and has an extensive bibliography. His work is held in the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Temple University; the Uniworld Corporation; Sony; the Federal Reserve Bank; the City of Philadelphia; Sprint; the Church of the Advocate; the poet Dr. Sonia Sanchez; and the Woodmere Museum of Art, among many others.


"Most of my works are supported by memories of the past and suggested realities. Issues of social politics, ancestral references, and astral projections are presented with fragmented elements of 'real life' collaged and collapsed, as dreams are prone to do. If connections are made, all the better.  I feel that life should remind us of our dreams." - Richard J. Watson

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Syd Carpenter’s sculptural work engages the cultivation of the land, whether by referencing natural growth and productivity in its subject matter, drawing on family histories of farming, or by being formed from the earth itself in its clay medium. Motifs of beans or seeds –- round, full, and brimming with new life –- feature prominently in her work, as do baskets, canning jars, and other implements of harvest. The clothespin, a gently curving abstracted representation of the female form, appears large and strong, as nurturer and protectress over the homestead, the earth, and the family. 


Carpenter, Professor of Studio Art at Swarthmore College, earned her BFA and MFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. Her work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, Woodmere Art Museum, Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Petrucci Collection of African American Art, Atlantic Richfield Corporation, Nabisco Brands, University of Illinois, Art in General, Philadelphia Convention Center, Bell Atlantic Corporation, Canton Ohio Museum of Art, Erie Museum of Art, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute (Jingdezhen China), and in numerous private collections.

**prices on Carpenter's wall-mounted sculptures are particularly low based on my 2018 exhibition of Carpenter’s work. Carpenter’s studio prices are now considerably higher, but I honor my original pricing.

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Ron Tarver is professor of Studio Art specializing in Photography at Swarthmore College. He served as staff photographer at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 32 years, and his work has appeared in National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker, and Black and White Magazine. He is co-author of the book We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, published by Harper Collins in 2004, which was accompanied by a traveling exhibition. Tarver shares a 2012 Pulitzer Prize at the Inquirer for his work on a series documenting school violence in the Philadelphia public school system, and was nominated for a second Pulitzer in 2013 for a series exploring dog-training programs in prisons. A recipient of the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts, he has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, as well as an Independence Foundation Fellowship. He was named one of the Delaware Valley's "50 Rising Stars in the Arts" by Seven Arts Magazine and is a Center for Emerging Visual Artists Fellow. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in over 30 solo and 50 group exhibitions and is included in many private, corporate, and museum collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Oklahoma Museum of History, and the National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Tarver offers private photography instruction, workshops, and photo excursions through his company, Photo-Ops.

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