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News About "Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful"

In 1966, invited to hold a retrospective exhibition at Howard University, Alma Thomas created a series entitled Earth Paintings, marking a turning point in the development of her style. This series focused on subjects from nature, particularly wind and flowers.

The National Gallery of Art’s annual Wilmerding Symposium will take place from September 22 to September 23, 2021. This year’s Symposium will be part of a celebration dedicated to renowned artist Alma Thomas on the 130th anniversary of her birth.

TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF FALL and the 130th anniversary of the birth of Alma Thomas (1891-1978), an occasion for celebration. The pioneering artist known for her vibrant and rhythmic abstract paintings was born Sept. 22, 1891. Inspired by space and nature, her color-rich works include “Autumn Drama” (circa 1969), “Autumn Leaves Fluttering in the Breeze” (1973), and “Before Autumn” (1974).

Join us in celebrating the life and legacy of artist Alma Thomas, a pioneer in her field whose work enriched the cultural heritage of both Washington, D.C. and the nation.

More than ever, I understand the desire of legendary curator and artist guru Walter Hopps, who told me 30 years ago that his taste in art was catholic—at any given moment there were more than 200 artists whose work interested him deeply. My roundup this fall is definitely catholic, brimming with shows I must see, hope to see, or wish I could see.

The painter Alma Thomas was eighty years old when she finally hit it big, receiving a small solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1972- the first at that institution for a Black woman - and another exhibition later that same year at the Corcoran Gallery. Her name was made by this twilight efflorescence, but there was plenty of art packed into the eight decades that preceded it.

Andrea Kirsh reviews "Alma Thomas; Everything is Beautiful," an expansive catalog published in conjunction with the traveling exhibition of the same name. Andrea says both the catalog and exhibition tell the under known history of Alma Thomas's life as an artist, educator, role model and inspiration to many.


News About Alma W. Thomas