• Alma Thomas. African American artist of color and joy

    4 monthes ago - By Chez Namaste Nancy

    Born in Columbus, Ga., Ms. Thomas (1891-1978) attended Howard University and, in 1924, became its first student to earn a degree in fine art. After graduation she began teaching at Shaw Junior High School in Washington, continuing there until retiring in 1960. Only then, at 69, was she able to devote herself full time to painting. During the ensuing 18 years - despite acute arthritis - she produced the body of work for which she would be justly celebrated, a stream of vividly colorful paintings made of loosely applied patches configured in irregular grids and concentric circles.
    In 1972...
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