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Alma Woodsey Thomas

View of the museum from outside showing the Neoclassical building from one corner. The building is a tan-colored stone with an arched doorway, long vertical windows, and detailed molding around the roof.

Red: A Taste of the Remixed Collection Galleries

Posted: October 4, 2023
Category: Alma Woodsey Thomas
NMWA’s new collection installation features thematic galleries such as “Seeing Red,” which explores artists’ rosy, bold, and fiery uses of the color red.
Painting features vertical tile-shaped brushstrokes in various shades of red separated by horizontal white lines. Creating a rhythmic and mosaic-like pattern that resembles stitching, the white lines create stair steps in the lower right corner, separating as they move towards the center.

Wilhelmina Cole Holladay’s #5WomenArtists

Posted: March 24, 2021
Category: Alma Woodsey Thomas
NMWA founder Wilhelmina Cole Holladay (1922–2021) was a visionary collector of great art by women. Get to know five of her favorite modern and contemporary artists from the museum’s collection.
Wilhelmina Cole Holladay leans against a railing with a slight smile. She is a light-skinned, older woman with short, gray hair, and she wears a collared white shirt and black cardigan. Ornate chandeliers can be seen behind her.

Alma Woodsey Thomas: Hidden History

Posted: September 21, 2020
Category: Alma Woodsey Thomas
Through collaborating with a research team from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), NMWA gained vivid new insight into beloved works by Washington, D.C., artistic icon Alma Woodsey Thomas (1891–1978).
Abstract painting composed of brightly colored, lozenge-shaped brushstrokes in vertical stripes of navy, purple, turquoise, yellow, orange and red.The overall effect is as if the painting was collaged out of torn pieces of paper, with the white of the canvas showing through.

Art Fix Friday: May 4, 2018

Posted: May 4, 2018
Category: Alma Woodsey Thomas
The New York Times profiles Laurie Simmons; Zadie Smith profiles Deana Lawson; Alison Saar: Topsy Turvy is on view at LA Louver; and more.
A black-and-white photograph of a light-skinned adult woman holding a newspaper with news about World War II. She wears a coat and her short, curly hair is caught in the wind.

Artist Spotlight: Alma Woodsey Thomas

Posted: December 30, 2017
Category: Alma Woodsey Thomas
Learn more about Alma Woodsey Thomas and her work Orion (1973), which is featured in the current NMWA exhibition Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today.
A view of a gallery space with a painting and a sculpture hanging on white walls. The painting on the left is a large, red canvas with little dots in a darker color in vertical lines.

Art Fix Friday: August 5, 2016

Posted: August 5, 2016
Category: Alma Woodsey Thomas
View of the museum from outside showing the Neoclassical building from one corner. The building is a tan-colored stone with an arched doorway, long vertical windows, and detailed molding around the roof.

Art Fix Friday: July 22, 2016

Posted: July 22, 2016
Category: Alma Woodsey Thomas
View of the museum from outside showing the Neoclassical building from one corner. The building is a tan-colored stone with an arched doorway, long vertical windows, and detailed molding around the roof.

Women’s History Month: Can You Name #5womenartists?

Posted: February 29, 2016
Category: Alma Woodsey Thomas
Did you know that even though women make up 51% of visual artists today, in the U.S. only 5% of work on museum walls is by women? It is no...

Playful Pathmakers

Posted: January 4, 2016
Category: Alma Woodsey Thomas
Dynamic women designers and artists from the mid-20th century and today create innovative designs, maintain craft traditions, and incorporate new aesthetics into fine art in Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft,...
View of a gallery space. On a black wall, it says " Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today" in big, white letters, Two pendant lights are hanging from the ceiling to the left.

Artist Spotlight: Alma Thomas

Posted: October 14, 2009
Category: Alma Woodsey Thomas
NMWA is proud to have two works by Alma Thomas. The mesmerizing paintings—created when the artists was nearly eighty years old—have been visitor and staff favorites.
Abstract painting composed of brightly colored, lozenge-shaped brushstrokes in vertical stripes of navy, purple, turquoise, yellow, orange and red.The overall effect is as if the painting was collaged out of torn pieces of paper, with the white of the canvas showing through.