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Thomas, Alma Woodsey

Born: 1891 AD
Died: 1978 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Artists

1891 – Born on September 22nd in Gerogia. Alma Thomas, an African-American artist, was a successful Washington avant-garde painter, despite the barriers presented by her race and gender.

1921 – She returned to Washington to enter Howard University.

1924 – After graduation, she taught at Shaw Junior High School, where she remained until her retirement.

1935 – She received a Master of Arts degree in art education from Columbia University, New York.

1943 – Thomas had helped Alonzo Aden found the Barnett-Aden Gallery, the site of the first exhibitions of Washington color painters such as Gene Davis, Kenneth Noland, and Morris Louis.

1950-1960 – She took courses in creative painting and color theory at American University, where many of the Washington artists were teachers.

         – When Thomas retired from teaching, she devoted herself to painting full-time and was given her first one-person show at Dupont Theater, an art cinema in Washington.

1972 – Both the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art held solo exhibitions of her work.

1978 – Thomas died on February 24th in Washington.