|Alma Woodsey Thomas|
Alma Woodsey Thomas was born in 1891 in the blackest section of Columbus, Georgia, in the deepest part of the deep south. In 1907, she moved with her parents to Washington, DC, with hopes of becoming an architect or a bridge-building engineer. She ended up building bridges, but not the kind she originally envisioned. She built bridges from poverty to the world of art for thousands of children in the mostly black Shaw Junior High School in Washington. She was the first African-American to ever receive a bachelors degree in the fine arts (Howard University, 1924) and the first African-American woman to ever gain a masters degree in art (Columbia University, 1934). During the 1950s, she studied under American University artists such as Joe Summerford, Robert Gates, and Jacob Kainen. It was from them she picked up her love for abstraction.
|Iris, Tulips, Jonquils, and Crocuses,|
1969, Alma Woodsey Thomas