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Top Row: Michelle Obama (left), Ross Gay (right); Bottom Row: Seth Feman (left), Jonathan Frederick Walz (right)

An Evening Celebration of Alma Thomas

Session I

John Wilmerding Symposium on American Art and Community Celebration

  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Virtual
  • Registration Required

Virtual introduction by former First Lady Michelle Obama; poetry reading and discussion with Ross Gay; and virtual exhibition tour with Seth Feman and Jonathan Frederick Walz.

Ross Gay, poet, gardener, professor, department of English, Indiana University Bloomington, founding board member, Bloomington Community Orchard, co-founder, The Tenderness Project, and Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful catalog contributor; with Seth Feman, deputy director for art and interpretation and curator of photography, Chrysler Museum of Art, and exhibition curator for Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful; and Jonathan Frederick Walz, director of curatorial affairs and curator of American art, Columbus Museum of Art, exhibition curator for Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful, and American University Feminist Art History Conference session presenter

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Image Credits - Michelle Obama: Photograph by Miller Mobley; Seth Feman: Photograph by Echard Wheeler; Ross Gay: Photograph by Natasha Komoda; Jonathan Frederick Walz: Photograph by Alec Kaus