Thoma Foundation Announces Support of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith Retrospective

The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation is proud to have awarded a $150,000 grant to the Whitney Museum of American Art in support of its upcoming retrospective of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (b. 1940). An enrolled Salish member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, Smith has forged a personal yet accessible visual language throughout her career that speaks to issues of identity, history, environment, and politics.

Exploratory Travel Awards

The Thoma Foundation has made its third round of Exploratory Travel Awards to support the work of graduate students embarking on thesis or dissertation research related to the Art of the Spanish Americas. ⁠This Fall, we were delighted to support two emerging scholars, who will each receive $5,000 to facilitate travel to key archives and collections.⁠ We wish Daen and Camila safe and productive travels, and look forward to seeing what their work uncovers!⁠ Daen Palma Huse (left) is an MPhil/PhD researcher at the History of Art Department, University College London (UCL). Camila Miravalles (right) is a PhD candidate for the University of Buenos Aires and UBACyT Doctoral Fellow.

Daen Huse (left) and Camila Miravalles (right)

Introducing Moving Arts’ New Teen Space!

The Thoma Foundation sends their congratulations to Moving Arts Española on both the opening of their new teen programming wing, Bowie’s Backstage, and Executive Director Salvador Ruiz’s naming as a UniVisionario. Two years ago, we first had the honor of meeting co-founders Sal Ruiz and Roger Montoya, whose leadership, dedication, and passion for serving their community is positively contagious.

The entrance to Bowie’s Backstage.

Message from Our Planet Traveling Exhibition

Twenty software, video, and light-technology artworks from nineteen international artists and artist groups working at the forefront of digital and electronic art will be exhibited in Message from Our Planet, a traveling exhibition curated around the idea that media technologies – from vintage devices to cutting-edge digital algorithms – offer distinct ways for artists to communicate with future generations, encapsulating the artifacts and ambitions of contemporary society.

Rezaire, Tabita (1989- ) | Sorry for Real | 2015 | Single-channel HD video (color, sound) | Projector | Tabita Rezaire | Collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation

Shifting Tides: Art in the 18th-Century Caribbean

The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation has given a grant of $25,000 in support of Shifting Tides: Art in the 18th-Century Caribbean, a symposium and study day to be hosted at the Winterthur Museum in April 2023. The organizers note that, “Histories of colonial and viceregal American art tend to privilege art produced in continental spaces as they came to be organized as nation states, overlooking the interrelatedness of early Caribbean and continental colonies and the significance of the Caribbean region.”

Unidentified artist | Saint Michael the Archangel | 18th century | Oil on canvas | Public domain | Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation | Jamie Stukenberg

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Thoma Foundation Awards $1 Million to Arizona Student Opportunity Collaborative

A three-year grant to Arizona Student Opportunity Collaborative will create access to high-quality, virtual college & career advising for rural students.

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Thoma Foundation Awards $200,000 to Empower Schools

This two-year grant funds the pilot of the LeadRural Fellowship—a coordinated and intentional effort to identify, cultivate, and support rural leaders and to give those leaders the ideas, resources, network, and partners to be successful in designing and implementing new solutions in their communities.