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Dingda McCannon

Born 1947

Dingda McCannon was one of the founding members of the Where We At (WWA) Black Women’s Artist organization in 1971. The WWA was created in response to the nearly non-existent opportunities for Black female artists at the time. McCannon hosted some of the WWA’s very first meetings at her home in Brooklyn. The WWA would go on to put on a show at the Acts of Art Gallery in New York, and McCannon would become a standout artist in the show.

McCannon studied under several Harlem Renaissance artists. She is known for using mixed media and creating three-dimensional pieces using everything from quilting to oil painting to printmaking in her works, which reflect and elevate the culture of Black women. She has works in the Brooklyn Museum and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

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