Lectures & Symposia

On Power and Play in Virtual Worlds

Apr 18, 2019

Talk by Dawn Chan and Mary Flanagan; moderated by jonCates.

Critics Dawn Chan and Mary Flanagan, winners of the 2018 Thoma Foundation Arts Writing Awards in Digital art, engage in a wide-ranging conversation about the social and political dynamics embedded in virtual reality, games, digital art, and software design. Considering the work of Rachel Rossin, Ramsey Read more....


Unveiling: “Particle Field (Triptych)” by Leo Villareal at Art House

Art House is excited to publicly unveil Leo Villareal’s 2017 generative digital animation “Particle Field (Triptych).” This artwork is in a constant state of creation. Leo Villareal programmed “Particle Field (Triptych)” to generate a live, ever-changing composition. Its custom code is vital to the artwork’s identity and experience.

Villareal invokes with his triptych the sacred Read more....

Grants & Awards

Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018

The Thoma Foundation has provided support for the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new exhibition Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965-2018. Curated by our 2016 Arts Writing Award recipient Christiane Paul with Carol Mancusi-Ungaro and Clémence White, Programmed establishes connections between works of art based on instructions, spanning over 50 years of conceptual, Read more....

Grants & Awards

I Was Raised on the Internet

The Thoma Foundation is delighted to provide lead support for I Was Raised on the Internet, on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago from June 23 to October 14, 2018. 100 works from 1998 to the present offer a close and comprehensive look at how the Internet has changed contemporary art and Read more....


Eye Contact: Portraits in the Global Age

For the first time, Art House will exhibit works from the Thoma Foundation’s diverse collections of Spanish colonial painting and digital art in tandem. Opening August 10, Eye Contact approaches portraiture as a sociological art. While portraits are created to commemorate individual identity, they are also reflections of the economic, political, and cultural forces Read more....

Digital Art Writing Award

2018 Recipients: Mary Flanagan & Dawn Chan


Mary Flanagan received $40,000 in recognition of her sustained dedication to the field as an established arts writer. Flanagan has been writing about digital art since the 1990s, with a particular focus on virtual spaces and games. She is the author of Critical Play: Radical Game Design Read more....

Digital Art Writing Award

Announcing the 2018 Arts Writing Award Recipients

The Thoma Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Arts Writing Awards in Digital Art. Mary Flanagan will receive $40,000 in recognition of her sustained dedication to the field as an established arts writer, and Dawn Chan will receive $20,000 for her exceptional promise as an emerging arts writer. Initiated in Read more....

Grants & Awards


Our 2015 Arts Writing Award grantee Joanne McNeil’s five-part video series JUST BROWSING is now live on her website. Supported by the Thoma Foundation, JUST BROWSING investigates what it means to be an internet user. Each episode in McNeil’s series begins with a topic of inquiry and leads the audience through the narrator’s own investigation Read more....


New Thematic Installation “In Real Time” at Art House

Art House is pleased to present the thematic installation In Real Time, featuring newly acquired works from the digital art collection that use real-time software to autonomously generate virtual simulations. Real-time software allows an artwork to deliver a live, constantly evolving animation of infinite duration. This technology is a special characteristic unique to digital Read more....

Grants & Awards

2015 Arts Writing Award grantee Joanne McNeil debuts Just Browsing

JUST BROWSING: Premiere and Artist Talk Oct. 19, 2017, 7 pm at Fridman Gallery RSVP at Eventbrite

The recipient of our 2015 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art, Joanne McNeil has completed her grant-supported project Just Browsing, a five-part video series investigating what it means to be an internet user. Just Browsing will premiere at Fridman Gallery in New York Read more....