|Detail of Alphonse van Woerkom's portrait of artist Faith Ringgold (Damaso Reyes photos)|
"Women artists are still women and women's work, for the most part, is still undervalued and underpaid. The same can be said for black artists, and or other artists of color. Racism and sexism prevails in the arts as well as elsewhere. I think we are more knowledgeable about the inequalities we live with today, but that does not mean that they don't exist. This is a peculiar time we live in. Leadership for change is wanting, but I am a firm believer in the power of freedom of speech, struggle and perseverance in a democratic society. We shall overcome."