In honor of African American History Month, Switzer Library is holding an Alma Thomas Art Program on Thursday, February 1st from 4 pm – 5 pm. The program for children and families will highlight the works of Georgia native artist Alma Thomas (1891-1978) and focus on her life and painting techniques.
Alma Thomas was born in Columbus. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Howard University in Washington, DC. Thomas was the first Fine Arts major to graduate from the university. She went on to become an art educator.
Her work, known for bright and colorful patterns, ranges from representational to abstract. Her first exhibit, Earth Paintings, was unveiled in 1966 at the Gallery of Art at Howard University. It contained a series of nature inspired works including a work called Wind and Crepe Myrtle which was praised by art historian Sharon Patton.
She was the first African American woman to have a solo exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Over the years her work has been on prominent display at several different locations, including the White House.
We will be celebrating her life and work by creating our own Alma Thomas inspired pieces of art in the youth services area.
For more information contact us at (770) 528-2320.
Switzer Library is located at 266 Roswell Street, Marietta 30060