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Top Row: Renee Maurer (left), Nell Irvin Painter (right); Bottom Row: Rebecca VanDiver (left), and Steven Nelson (right)

Alma Thomas’s Studio Practice and DC Cultural Institutions

Session II

John Wilmerding Symposium on American Art and Community Celebration

  • Thursday, September 23, 2021
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Virtual
  • Registration Required

Presentations on Thomas’s studio art training and involvement with galleries, museums, and universities by Renee Maurer, Nell Irvin Painter, and Rebecca VanDiver, followed with discussion moderated by Steven Nelson

Renee Maurer, associate curator, The Phillips Collection, and coordinating curator for Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful; Nell Irvin Painter, artist, Edwards Professor of American History Emerita, Princeton University, and Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful catalog contributor; and Rebecca VanDiver, assistant professor of African American art, Dean's Faculty Fellow (2019–2021), Mellon Faculty Fellow in Digital Humanities (2020–2021), Vanderbilt University, and Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful catalog contributor. Moderated by Steven Nelson, dean, the Center (Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts), National Gallery of Art

Image Credits - Renee Maurer: Photograph courtesy of the speaker; Nell Irvin Painter: Photograph by Dwight Carter; Rebecca VanDiver: Photograph by John Russell; Steven Nelson: Photograph by the National Gallery of Art