ArtistAlma Thomas, (1891-1978)
MediumAcrylic on Paper


Born in Georgia, Alma Thomas and her family moved to Washington, D.C. after the 1906 race riots. Thomas became an art teacher in the public-school system and studied design at Howard University. After joining Lois Mailou Jones’s “Little Paris” group of artists, Thomas was introduced to abstract expressionism, which changed her life and her art forever.  Her work is famous because while abstract, it is alive with emotion and color.