Howardena Pindell is a painter, printmaker, collage, and performance artist born in Philadelphia, PA. She received her BFA from Boston University (MA) and an MFA from Yale University (CT). Her work is in the permanent collection of institutions including the Brooklyn Museum (NY), the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Fogg Museum at Harvard University, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (LA), Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). In 1972, Pindell co-founded the A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; which was the first artist directed gallery for women artists in the United States. Her work in PAFA’s collection includes Pindell/DNA (Brandywine Portfolio: Forty Square Portfolio; 2012) and Art/East (1986–89).