Bo Bartlett

Sep 22
Alma Thomas, born September 22 1891 in Columbus, Georgia. At 16 she moved to Washington, DC with her family, where she attended Howard University. She received an MFA from Columbia in 1934. She was a member of the Washington Color School, which included Kenneth Nolan, Morris Louis and Sam Gilliam. She became the first African American woman to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum in 1972. I grew up looking at her work in The Columbus Museum. As a teen, I thought of her as a ‘local artist’, but, she lived her entire adult life in the same home in Washington, DC where her parents had moved when she was 16. Thomas died in February 1978. In 2009, Michelle Obama chose two Alma Thomas paintings from the Hirshhorn to decorate the walls of the White House.  New York Times art critic, Holland Cotter wrote that the choice of Alma Thomas for the Obama White House was the perfect choice because her work is “forward-looking without being radical; post-racial but also race-conscious.” 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Thomas

Alma Thomas, born September 22 1891 in Columbus, Georgia. At 16 she moved to Washington, DC with her family, where she attended Howard University. She received an MFA from Columbia in 1934. She was a member of the Washington Color School, which included Kenneth Nolan, Morris Louis and Sam Gilliam. She became the first African American woman to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum in 1972. I grew up looking at her work in The Columbus Museum. As a teen, I thought of her as a ‘local artist’, but, she lived her entire adult life in the same home in Washington, DC where her parents had moved when she was 16. Thomas died in February 1978. In 2009, Michelle Obama chose two Alma Thomas paintings from the Hirshhorn to decorate the walls of the White House.  New York Times art critic, Holland Cotter wrote that the choice of Alma Thomas for the Obama White House was the perfect choice because her work is “forward-looking without being radical; post-racial but also race-conscious.” 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Thomas


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    Words from Columbus, Ga. native Bo Bartlett about fellow artist and Columbus native Alma Thomas. Thank you. - Dominick
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