Talks & Tours
To facilitate and energize her own production process, Alma W. Thomas played LPs, the radio, and, at some point, cassette compilations that fellow teacher Norma McCray carefully assembled. Meant to aid and abet Thomas in her relentless search for beauty, what the artist listened to ranged widely. On regular rotation was what her great-nephew Charles Thomas Lewis remembers as her favorite song, the Ray Stevens Grammy winner “Everything Is Beautiful (in Its Own Way),” which inspired the exhibition’s title. Listen to the songs that inspired Alma Thomas along with musical selections inspired by her work.
"Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful" provides a comprehensive overview of the artist’s long life (1891–1978) with approximately 100 works, including her rarely seen theatrical designs and beloved abstract paintings. The exhibition tracks Thomas’s artistic journey from semi-rural Georgia to international recognition, demonstrating how her artistic practices extended to every facet of her life—from community service and teaching to gardening and dress. View the virtual exhibition here!