Alma Woodsey Thomas  (American, 1891-1978) 

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Alma Woodsey Thomas Biography
1891   b. Columbus, Georgia
1978   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
Selected Exhibitions
1981   “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
1979   “Black Artists/South,” Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama (Flowers at Jefferson Memorial)
1976 - 1977   “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
1975   “Eleven in New York, “Women’s Interart Center Inc. New York
1970   “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)
1969   August 1– October 6, “Contemporary American Black Artists,” Art and Industries Building, Smithsonian Institution, circulated in 1970 by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
1966   “Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Gallery of Art,” Gallery of Art, Howard University (Blue Abstraction)
1965   “Sixth Annual Washington Area Religious Art Exhibition,” Washington, D.C. Gas Light Company (St. Cecilia at the Organ)
1964   “Twenty-Third Annual Exhibition: Paintings, Sculpture and Prints by Negro Artists,” Trevor Arnett Library, Atlanta University (Blue Abstraction, Freedom March)
1963   “Artists for CORE Exhibition and Sale,” Martha Jackson Gallery, New York
1962   “Sixty-Fifth Annual Exhibition of Watercolor Association,” U.S. National Museum, Smithsonian Institution (Nocturnal Space)
1961   “Washington Religious Art Exhibition,” sponsored by National Conference of Christians and Jews, held at National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution,
1960   , “Water Color Paintings Featuring Washington Artists,” sponsored by College Art Services; circulated to Gallery of Art, Howard University
1959   “Hilda Shapiro Paintings and Sculpture and Alma Thomas Paintings,” Watkins Gallery of Art, The American University, Washington, D.C.
1958   “Art Teachers Exhibition,” Washington, D.C.
1957   “Fourteenth Anniversary Exhibition: Contemporary American Art,” Barnett-Aden Gallery (Sumptuous Feast)
1956   “Sixty-Fourth Annual Exhibition of the Society of Washington Artists,” National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution (Still Life)
1955   “The Tenth Annual Area Exhibition of Work by Artists of Washington and Vicinity,” Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (Still Life)
1954   “Six Washington Painters,” Barnett-Aden Gallery, Washington, D.C., (The Orange Jug, Peonies and Fruit, Street Scene)
1953   “Twenty Paintings from the Barnett-Aden Gallery,” Dupont Theatre Art Gallery, Washington, D.C. (Georgetown)
Literature
  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