Alma Woodsey Thomas (American, 1978)


b. Columbus, Georgia
d. Washington, D.C.)
Miner Teachers Normal School, Washington, D.C.
Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
New York University School of Education


“Forever Free: An Exhibit of Art by Afro-American Women 1862-1980,” Center for The Visual Arts Gallery, Illinois State University, Normal (Snoopy-Early Sun Display on Earth, Composition, Flowers Near Jefferson Memorial, Wind and Crepe Myrtle Concerto, It is Spring); circulated 1981-82 to Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama; Gibbes Art Gallery, Charleston; The Art Gallery, University of Maryland; and Indianapolis Museum of Art
“Black Artists/South,” Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama (Flowers at Jefferson Memorial)
“Two Centuries of Black American Art,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Flowers at Jefferson Memorial, Red Rose Sonata, White Dogwood). Circulated 1976-1977 to The High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas; and The Brooklyn Museum, New York
“Eleven in New York, “Women’s Interart Center Inc. New York
“Afro-American Artists, New York and Boston,” jointly organized by the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, The Museum of Fine Arts, and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Azalea Spring Symphonies, Wind Dances with Flower Beds)
August 1– October 6, “Contemporary American Black Artists,” Art and Industries Building, Smithsonian Institution, circulated in 1970 by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
“Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Gallery of Art,” Gallery of Art, Howard University (Blue Abstraction)
“Sixth Annual Washington Area Religious Art Exhibition,” Washington, D.C. Gas Light Company (St. Cecilia at the Organ)
“Twenty-Third Annual Exhibition: Paintings, Sculpture and Prints by Negro Artists,” Trevor Arnett Library, Atlanta University (Blue Abstraction, Freedom March)
“Artists for CORE Exhibition and Sale,” Martha Jackson Gallery, New York
“Sixty-Fifth Annual Exhibition of Watercolor Association,” U.S. National Museum, Smithsonian Institution (Nocturnal Space)
“Washington Religious Art Exhibition,” sponsored by National Conference of Christians and Jews, held at National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution,
, “Water Color Paintings Featuring Washington Artists,” sponsored by College Art Services; circulated to Gallery of Art, Howard University
“Hilda Shapiro Paintings and Sculpture and Alma Thomas Paintings,” Watkins Gallery of Art, The American University, Washington, D.C.
“Art Teachers Exhibition,” Washington, D.C.
“Fourteenth Anniversary Exhibition: Contemporary American Art,” Barnett-Aden Gallery (Sumptuous Feast)
“Sixty-Fourth Annual Exhibition of the Society of Washington Artists,” National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution (Still Life)
“The Tenth Annual Area Exhibition of Work by Artists of Washington and Vicinity,” Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (Still Life)
“Six Washington Painters,” Barnett-Aden Gallery, Washington, D.C., (The Orange Jug, Peonies and Fruit, Street Scene)
“Twenty Paintings from the Barnett-Aden Gallery,” Dupont Theatre Art Gallery, Washington, D.C. (Georgetown)


Atkinson, J. Edward, Black Dimensions in Contemporary Art. New York: New American Library, 1971
Dover, Cedric. American Negro Art. 3rd ed. Greenwich, Ct: New York Graphics Society, 1965
Fine, Elsa Honig. The Afro-American Artists: A Search for Identity, New York: Holt, Reinhart, and Winston, 1973
Foresta, Merry A. A Life in Art: Alma Thomas 1891-1978. National Museum of American Art. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D. C. 1981. For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office. Stock number: 047-000-00381-4
Frazier, E. Franklin. Black Bourgeoisie: The Rise of a New Middle Class in the United States. New York: Collier Books, 1969
Munro, Eleanor. Originals: American Women Artists. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1979
Vachtova, Ludmila. Kupka: Pioneer of Abstract Art. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1968