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Alexander Nemerov Presents the 66th Annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts

From March 26 through May 7, 2017, Alexander Nemerov, department chair and Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University will present the 66th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Art at the National Gallery of Art.

Nemerov’s six-part series will explore the Hudson River School painters, specifically focusing Read more....

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Passion for the Arts at the McKnight Center

Following an extensive national search, on March 3, 2017, Oklahoma State University announced Mark Blakeman has been selected as the inaugural Marilynn and Carl Thoma Executive Director of The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at OSU. The McKnight Center is expected to open in October 2019. At 93,000 square feet, it will be Read more....

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Meet the Staff: Kate Brown

Kate Brown joined the Foundation team in December 2016 as our Collections Manager. Based in Chicago, Kate is responsible for the safe transport and care of the Foundation’s myriad collections, our new acquisitions and our loans to museums. Kate can also assist with image requests and artwork loan inquiries.

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Meet the Staff: Helen Colton

Helen Colton joined the Foundation team in August 2016 as our Grants Coordinator. Based in Santa Fe, Helen facilitates our growing grantmaking program by assisting with research, organization and development of tools to serve our internal procedures, applicants and grantees.

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Sparking Creativity at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

In addition to their philanthropic work through the Thoma Foundation, the Thomas also support cultural organizations like Chicago Shakespeare Theater. On March 2, 2016, Chicago Shakespeare announced the endowment the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director Chair and the creation of The Yard, an innovative performance venue connected to Chicago Shakespeare’s existing facility.

The Theater’s capital Read more....

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Meet the Staff: Anna Stiles

Collections Manager Anna Stiles joined the Foundation team in September 2015. Based in Chicago, Anna handles the logistics of the Foundation’s artwork loans, acquisitions, and the maintenance of the collection in Chicago – no small task when that collection includes over 500 works of art!

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