Date of Award

Spring 6-3-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Global Arts and Cultures

First Advisor

Christopher Roberts

Second Advisor

Sean Nesselrode Moncada


Throughout the accomplished careers of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Faith Ringgold (b. 1930), both women produced intimate autobiographical art that was exhibited in major institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of Modern Art, and The Louvre. Beyond their art, I present an analysis of their commitments to work as political activists and arts educators which reveals their prioritization of the social, political, and economic advancement of their respective communities. I argue that their pedagogy, as a culmination of personal and cultural interrogation and celebration, produced measurable success in impacting future generations of diverse artists and should serve as case studies for institutions that carry the responsibility of educating children.

Included in

Art Education Commons



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