Alma Thomas, ‘Untitled’, ca. 1968, Hemphill Fine Arts

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

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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