Tuesday, April 5, 12:00 p.m.
Zoom; free; registration required
Presented by Fisk University director and curator of galleries Jamaal Sheats and Vanderbilt University assistant professor Rebecca K. VanDiver, this discussion focuses on the influence historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) had on Alma W. Thomas’s life and on American art.
Thomas was the first graduate of Howard University’s fine arts program, and, in 1966, the university hosted a retrospective that sparked her rise in the art world. In 1971, David C. Driskell organized an exhibition of Thomas’s work at Fisk University’s Carl Van Vechten Art Gallery.
Image: Unknown photographer. Alma Thomas and David Driskell outside of Carl Van Vechten Art Gallery at Fisk University, 1971. Photograph. Box 2, Folder 50: Alma W. Thomas: Recent Paintings (1971), Fisk University, Photographs 1970–1972. Alma W. Thomas papers, ca. 1894–2001, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC