Alma Thomas, ‘Untitled’, ca. 1960, The Studio Museum in Harlem

Image rights: Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

Alma Thomas at The Studio Museum in Harlem, July 14–October 30, 2016. Alma Thomas is curated by Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Tang Teaching Museum, and Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection, at The Studio Museum in Harlem

About Alma Thomas

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.

American, 1891-1978, Columbus, Georgia, based in Washington, D.C.

Group Shows

2015
Santa Fe,
Winter Selections in Modernism
2015
Santa Fe,
Summer Select 2015
2014
Santa Fe,
Summer Selections 2014
2014
New York, NY, United States,
RISING UP/UPRISING: Twentieth Century African American Art
2014
New York, NY, United States,
Beyond the Spectrum: Abstraction in African American Art, 1950-1975
2013
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Expressionism / In Context: Seymour Lipton
2012
New York, NY, United States,
INsite/INchelsea: The Inaugural Exhibition
2011
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Expressionism: Reloading the Canon
2009
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Expressionism: Further Evidence (Part One: Painting)
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