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

Curatorial Fellow In Art of the Spanish Americas

The Thoma Foundation is accepting applications for a Curatorial Fellow in Art of the Spanish Americas to join our team! The Curatorial Fellow will lead all aspects of our Arts of the Spanish Americas (ASA) collection including research, documentation, acquisitions, and promotion of the collection, oversee fellowships and work collaboratively with other departments within the foundation to coordinate loans and advise on grants related to the collection.

Unidentified artist | Saint Rose of Lima's Vision of the Virgin and Child | 18th century | Oil on canvas | Collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Collection

Federico Solmi: Joie De Vivre

The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation is proud to be supporting the exhibition Federico Solmi: Joie De Vivre at the Morris Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate in Morristown, NJ.⁠ Federico Solmi is a multimedia artist who examines the absurdities of the human experience through the lenses of colonialism, nationalism, religion, and consumerism.

Federico Solmi (1973 - ) | “Douche Bag City,” 2009-10 | 15-channel digital animation | Collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation⁠. Image © Federico Solmi, courtesy of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation, photo by Jamie Stukenberg

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

Thoma Foundation Supports Judd Foundation Library Project

The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation has made a $60,000 grant to Judd Foundation in support of the Donald Judd Library Project, a digital preservation initiative that weds the deliberate categorization and visual impact of Judd’s physical library with broad digital accessibility.

Library, LaMansana de Chinati/The Block, Judd Foundation, Marfa, Texas. Photo Matthew Millman © Judd Foundation

CEN Announces ​​$1M Grant to Rural HOPE from Thoma Foundation

The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation has announced a $1 million grant to Collegiate Edu-Nation (CEN) to support learning and development for rural school districts across Texas. The grant will increase face-to-face and virtual training options for rural teachers and administrators in the CEN Network across the state.

Announcing $600,000 to Organizations in Southern NM

The Thoma Foundation is delighted to have made its first grants to support educational and arts nonprofit organizations in southern New Mexico. Ngage New Mexico and the University Art Museum (UAM) at New Mexico State University (NMSU) have each received a $300,000 grant to be used over three years. These grants will help the two organizations build staff capacity and create greater impact within the communities they serve.

Above: Ngage New Mexico Success Partnership Summit 2020 Youth Panel. Below: New Collections Curator Courtney Uldrich with Director and Art Museum Coordinator at opening of Establishing Our Own Art History: The Influence of Judy Chicago, 2022, University Art Museum. Names left to right: Jasmine Herrera, Art Museum Coordinator; Courtney Uldrich, Collections Curator; Marisa Sage, Museum Director

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The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation recognizes the power of the arts to challenge and shift perceptions, spark creativity, and connect people across cultures. We lend and exhibit artworks from our collection and support innovative individuals and pivotal initiatives in the arts.

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