The Illness: Alma Woodsey Thomas

Alma Thomas

Alma Thomas

First graduate of Howard University’s art department.

Starry Night with Astronauts, 1972

Starry Night with Astronauts, 1972

First African American to earn a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.

Eclipse, 1970

Eclipse, 1970

First African American woman to earn a master’s degree in art at Columbia University.

Breeze Rustling Through Fall Flowers, 1968

Breeze Rustling Through Fall Flowers, 1968

First woman to have a solo exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Cherry Blossom Symphony, 1973

Cherry Blossom Symphony, 1973

Trailblazing artist Alma Thomas began to create at an early age. After working as an educator, Thomas became one of the most influential Black artists of the 60s and 70s. She is most known for her color field work and her bold use of color and space. Intrigued and inspired by natural phenomena, Alma Thomas’s work is often compared to Byzantine mosaics. Though Thomas died in 1978 her exceptional work still stands.


2 Responses to “The Illness: Alma Woodsey Thomas”

  1. November 18, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Great set of photos with her work, reminds me of a painted quilt.

    Best, Kyra

  2. 2 Et Cetera
    November 21, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    They are very reminiscent of quilts.

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