Alma Thomas
American, 1891-1978
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Alma Thomas,
Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery
"This Art Is Your Art" Competition,
White House Historical Association
Alma Thomas,
The Studio Museum in Harlem

Alma Woodsey Thomas was an American artist and educator whose distinctive color field paintings recall the techniques of Pointillism and Abstract Expressionism while representing an altogether independent artistic vision and body of work. The Georgia native spent most of her life in Washington D.C., where she taught art at Shaw Junior High School for 35 years. Thomas was actively involved in the local arts community, and become associated with the Washington Color School. Thomas powerfully refused to accept discriminatory labels and restrictions on her work and herself. Although she chose to let her art carry its own message, Thomas was nonetheless a groundbreaking and influential figure, and at the age of 80, she became the first African-American woman featured in a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1972.