Alma Thomas was a transformative figure in the modern art movement. Thomas was born in 1891 Columbus Georgia. Her family eventually migrated to Washington DC to escape the violence and inequities of the Jim Crow south. Thomas once said, “The use of color in my paintings is of paramount importance to me. Through color I have sought to concentrate on beauty and happiness, rather than on man’s inhumanity to man.”
Alma Thomas was the first graduate of Howard University’s fine arts program, earning a BS in sculpture in 1924. In 1972, Thomas became the first African American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2014, Alma Thomas broke another barrier when she became the first African American woman with paintings in the White House Collection. Resurrection greeted White House visitors from a prominent position in the Old Family Dining Room, and Sky Light hung in the president’s private quarters during the Obama administration.
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