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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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Shadow & Space

Two new exhibitions are on view at Orange Door, Chicago. Shadow & Space brings together painting and sculpture from the Foundation’s collection in which artists use unconventional materials to find new forms. Inspired by the Light & Space movement of Southern California in the 1960s, the exhibition dovetails on that genre’s innovative use of lighting effects for Read more....

Lectures & Symposia

“Collecting in the Age of Futurity”

Sep 23, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016 12 – 1 p.m. EXPO Chicago RSVP Required here

CHICAGO, IL – Thoma Foundation founder Carl Thoma joins writers, collectors and curators  of digital art in conversation at EXPO Chicago on Friday, September 23 at 12 p.m.

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Thoma Foundation Announces Participation in EXPO Chicago

Sep 22, 2016 - Sep 25, 2016

The Foundation announces our participation in this year’s EXPO Chicago Special Exhibitions program with a booth featuring Daniel Rozin’s Selfish Gene Mirror (2015) from the Foundation’s Digital Art collection. Visit us at Booth 120 to meet our staff and learn more about our collection and programs.

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Grants & Awards

Thoma Foundation Announces Research Fellow in Twentieth-Century Abstract Painting

The Foundation announces that Jennifer Cohen has been named our first Research Fellow in Twentieth-Century Abstract Painting. Jennifer is a Ph.D. Candidate in Art History at the University of Chicago where she is finishing a dissertation titled “Surrealism and the Art of Consumption,” which has been supported by fellowships from the Smithsonian American Art Museum Read more....

Artwork Loans

Interview with Rebecca Long, curator of Doctrine and Devotion

Rebecca Long, curator of Doctrine and Devotion: Art of the Religious Orders in the Spanish Andes at the Art Institute of Chicago, talks with the Thoma Foundation about the artworks that inspired this new exhibition of Spanish Colonial art at the Art Institute, iconography, and the exchange of images and ideas across the Atlantic.

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Grants & Awards

Research Fellowship in Twentieth-Century Abstract Painting

Chicago, IL – The Foundation is pleased to announce a new fellowship to support research on twentieth-century abstract painting. The fellowship will provide an emerging scholar unique access to the Foundation’s exceptional collection of mid-twentieth century abstract, geometric painting for the purpose of pursuing an independent research project.

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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.

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Artwork Loans

Extended Exhibition – Doctrine and Devotion: Art of the Religious Orders in the Spanish Andes

Mar 19, 2016 - Jan 03, 2018

On view through June 25, 2017 at the Art Institute of Chicago, Doctrine and Devotion introduces the major religious missionary orders active in South America during the colonial period. The exhibition explores the visual themes and iconographies developed and promoted by the orders in their efforts to spread Christianity in Spanish South America. Highlighting the political 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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