Oprah Winfrey’s last network television show on May 25 touched a lot of people, but a group of four students at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., found a way to send the star an artful farewell. The art students produced 25 limited-edition prints—a reference to the number of years Oprah was on the air—titled, “Oprah We Love You.”
The original artwork was by created by artists Faith Ringgold, best known for her painted story quilts, and Grace Matthews. Based on art of the Kuba people of Congo, the intricate, geometric print is surrounded by a note to the television legend. The students and their teacher, Curlee Holton, Roth Professor of Art and director of the Experimental Printmaking Institute, worked with Ringgold and Matthews to produce the prints. A favorite of Winfrey’s, Ringgold has been a guest on her show and presented the poster at the final taping.
The remaining prints were to be donated to organizations that raise money for women and children in crisis.