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Grants & Awards

Announcing the New Research Fellow in Twentieth-Century Abstract Painting

The Thoma Foundation is pleased to announce our new Research Fellow in Twentieth-Century Abstract Painting. Becky Bivens is a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on modern art, in particular, mid-century American abstract art and criticism, aesthetic theory and gender studies. Bivens’ dissertation “Automatic Affects and Formal Feelings: Read more....

Grants & Awards

2017 Research Fellowing in Twentieth-century Abstract Painting

Chicago, IL – The Foundation is pleased to announce the application period for its 2017 Research Fellowship in Twentieth-century Abstract Painting. The fellowship will provide an emerging scholar unique access to the Foundation’s diverse collection of mid-twentieth century abstract, geometric painting for the purpose of pursuing an independent research project.

The Foundation’s collection features artworks Read more....

Artwork Loans

Hoy features Doctrine and Devotion

Mar 19, 2016 - Jan 03, 2018

This week Hoy, the largest Spanish-language daily newspaper in Chicago, published a print piece and video story on Doctrine and Devotion: Art of the Religious Orders in the Spanish Andes, an exhibition of 13 Spanish colonial paintings from the Collection of Carl & Marilynn Thoma. The exhibition seeks to introduce visitors to images promoted by several Catholic orders at work in the Spanish Andes between the 17th and Read more....

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Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern

Mar 03, 2017

Opening today, the Brooklyn Museum’s Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern exhibition has received a wonderful review from the New York Times’ co-chief art critic Roberta Smith.

The museum received a grant from the Thoma Foundation to support the publication of an accompanying catalogue that has expanded scholarship and brought new perspectives to the study of O’Keeffe and her persona.

This book explores how Read more....

Collection

Acquisition Highlight: St. Francis Xavier, 17th Century

Born in Spain in 1506 to a noble Basque family, Francis Xavier was a companion of Ignatius of Loyola, and a co-founder of the Society of Jesus, a religious order better known as the Jesuits. The two men met while studying at the University of Paris, and in 1540 the order was officially approved Read more....

Grants & Awards

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern

Mar 03, 2017

Opening on March 3, the Brooklyn Museum’s Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern exhibition has received a grant from the Thoma Foundation to support the publication of a book that will expand scholarship and bring new perspectives to the study of O’Keeffe.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern takes a new look at how the renowned modernist artist proclaimed her progressive, independent Read more....

Exhibitions

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....

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.

Rebecca Long Read more....

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.

The Foundation’s collection features artworks from 1950–1979, from North Read more....