National Museum of Women in the Arts
Howardena Pindell
April 04 1943 - present
Photograph of Howardena Pindell, by Bruce Chevechfsky, courtesy of the artist
Place of Birth:
Phonetic Spelling:
HOW-ahr-DEE-nah pihn-DEHL
Minority status:
Work Type/Media:
Multimedia (electronic, digital, video, film), Painting
Artistic Role(s):
Collagist, Installation Artist, Mixed Media Artist , Painter, Video Artist
Abstraction, Assemblage , Conceptual Art, Feminist Art
Artist's Statement:
My early work in the 1960s and 1970s was figurative as I was trained as a figurative painter. After getting my MFA in 1967 from Yale University’s School of Art and Architecture my work changed and became non figurative, working with dots, ellipses and circles in paintings and two and three-dimensional works on paper. I also developed my video drawing series during this time.

In the 1980s and 1990s, I worked on my Autobiography series which was started off by a videotape work titled Free, White, and 21. The series of paintings in the 1980s and 1990s dealt with daily experiences and issues related to race and gender and hidden history. At the same time I developed the split photo series right after the accident in 1979. The head injury affected my perceptions and led to the change of work plus a move back to figurative painting, mixed with abstraction.

In the late 1990s, I took a class in astronomy at the New School University in New York and began in 1998 to '99 to work on my Astronomy Series and referred back to my three-dimensional paper works of the 1970s that were basically drawings and began a series of unique prints that were three-dimensional. I also continued to work on large paintings that dealt with current political issues.

Statement courtesy of Howardena Pindell

Other Occupation(s):
Activist, Curator , Teacher, Traveler, Writer, Gallery Owner
Place(s) of Residence:
New York
Where Trained/Schools:
School of Art and Architecture, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA (1965-1967) Boston University, Boston, MA, USA (1961-1965) Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial program, Philadelphia, PA, USA (1948-1960) Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA (1948-1960)
Related Visual Artists:
friend of Lucy Lippard friend of John Dowell friend of Benny Andrews friend of Richard Hunt friend of Mel Edwards friend of Sam Gilliam colleague of Susan Williams colleague of Barbara Zucker colleague of Dotty Attie colleague of Maude Boltz colleague of Mary Grigoriadis colleague of Nancy Spero colleague of Judith Solodkin colleague of Leon Golub collaborated with Adrian Piper
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Artist Award, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, USA (1994) Creative Artist Fellowship, US/Japan Friendship Commission, Washington, DC, USA (1981) Painting Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC, USA (1981-1982, 1972-1973)
Earliest exhibition:
Rockefeller Memorial Galleries, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, USA (1971)
NMWA exhibition(s):
Partners in Printmaking: Works from SOLO Impression
Artists on the Road: Travel as Source of Inspiration
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution
Artist retrospective(s):
Howardena Pindell: A Retrospective, Georgia State University Art Galleries, Atlanta, GA, USA (1993) Howardena Pindell: Paintings and Drawings, A Retrospective Exhibition, Roland Gibson Gallery, State University of New York at Potsdam, Potsdam, NY, USA (1992)