Visit Frist Art Museum Alma Thomas: Everything is Beautiful Exhibit


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New Urbaanite Outing Alert: Check out this latest exhibit plus other amazing exhibits and meet like-minded locals at our first Urbaanite Outing of the year with hosted by Nashville Fashion Influencer, Emmanuel LeGrair and sponsored by Frist Art Museum. RSVP by April 4 (limited tickets available)

The Frist Art Museum’s Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful exhibition provides a new interpretation of the artist’s long, dynamic life (1891–1978) and multifaceted career that was defined by constant creativity. This major retrospective traces Thomas’s journey from Columbus, Georgia, to Washington, DC, and ultimately to the art-world fame she achieved late in life after retiring from teaching. In 1972, when she was eighty years old, Thomas became the first Black woman to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.


Our friends at the Frist Art Museum also received a treat when Alma Thomas’s great-nephew walked into the museum earlier this month to see her work in person. As her great nephew, Charles Thomas Lewis shared, “She always told me, one of these paintings will pay for your college education, and come to pass, one of them did”. Charles and a family friend were in awe of the amazing exhibit at the Frist and excited to sit down and share their fond memories of Alma Thomas. “She was small figuratively but a giant in everything else”, Charles reflects.

You can check out their interview below, then make sure to visit the Frist Art Museum before the exhibit ends on June 5, 2022.

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