Digital & Media Art

The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation began supporting the field of Digital Art in 2009. Our collection has grown to include over 400 artworks by more than 138 artists, representing a global history of the medium from 1959 to the present.

The Thoma Foundation’s core collection of Digital Art highlights the specific achievements of modern computers—their processing speed, infinite data capacity, imaging precision, and virtual networking—to aid artists.

Media Art signifies our support of art created with both pioneering and emerging time-based technologies, especially in relation to electronic mass media—the news and photojournalism, film and television, video games, social media, and other cultural experiences produced by communications technology.

We have a focused interest in artists whose innovative use of digital tools enables greater creative expression and cultural insight. From this perspective, the Foundation supports and celebrates Digital & Media Art as a distinct field of contemporary art that is uniquely equipped to strengthen our shared values of social connectivity, personal autonomy, visual impact and information access amongst other creative possibilities that have the ability effect change.  Our collecting strategy evolves in response to the evolution of both the digital and contemporary cultural landscape.

A selection of artwork from our collection can be seen below. 

Selected Artists

Refik Anadol
Paul Stephen Benjamin
Jim Campbell
Daniel Canogar
Harold Cohen
Guillermo Galindo
John Gerrard
Sabrina Gschwandtner
Jenny Holzer
Eduardo Kac
Beryl Korot
Brigitte Kowanz
Leroy Lamis
Lee Nam Lee
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Christian Marclay
Sommerer & Mignonneau
Manfred Mohr
Vera Molnár
Iván Navarro
Trevor Paglen
Nam June Paik
Michal Rovner
Jennifer Steinkamp
Camille Utterback
Steina & Woody Vasulka
Siebren Versteeg
Leo Villareal
Andy Warhol
Carrie Mae Weems
Robert Wilson

Selected Artworks