May 14, 2022


The Artist:

Dindga McCannon was born and raised in Harlem, N.Y. She began her artistic career at age 16 and has been making art for over five decades. She has worn many artistic hats during that time – painter, printmaker, muralist, wearable art designer, author, illustrator, quilter, mixed media artist. She mixes and combines combinations of these media into what she calls Art Quilts. Ms. McCannon has taught in schools, shelters, other alternative venues as well as out of her studio. She is one of the founding members of “Where We At, Black Women Artists,” the first African American Women Artists collective (1971-2000). She has exhibited at galleries throughout the U.S. and also at the American Craft Museum, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, the American Folk Art Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum. Her work is in the collections of the Johnson Publishing Co., the Disney Corp., Proctor and Gamble, and the Brooklyn Museum.

Guild Meeting/Program: Dindga McCannon – Multimedia, Mixed Media Artist – 57 Years and Counting

This is a visual story and discussion of the multi-layered work of artist Dindga McCannon over a period of 57 years. She started as a painter, printmaker, muralist, then writer, then wearable art maker, then using all types of mixed media and bringing all these media together to make Art Quilts. Her focus has been telling the stories of her view of the African diaspora, especially the stories of African American women whose stories she finds inspiring, amazing, and a testament to the power of the human spirit. She will also discuss “Where We At, Black Women Artists,” the first ever group of African American Women artists founded by Kay Brown, Faith Ringgold and Ms. McCannon in 1971, which lasted for 25 years.

Date/Time: May 14, 2022 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

Location: Online (Zoom)