Grants & Awards

Applications Open for Marilynn Thoma Fellowship and Research & Travel Awards

Applications are now open for the Marilynn Thoma Fellowship and the Thoma Foundation Research and Travel Awards.

Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral fellowships are offered to scholars in support of projects and research initiatives that will advance the field of Spanish colonial art. Applicants should propose projects that exhibit original scholarship and/or will make a significant contribution to the understanding of Read more....

Lectures & Symposia

Symposium on Viceregal Art Organized by 2019-20 Marilynn Thoma Fellows

Organized by 2019-20 Marilynn Thoma Fellows Katherine Moore McAllen and Verónica Muñoz-Nájar, the upcoming symposium Congreso de Arte Virreinal: El Futuro del Arte del Pasado seeks to trace the continuum and disruptions of visual characteristics throughout viceregal art history. This symposium is designed to debate, explore, and evaluate the state of visual and material culture produced in colonial Read more....

Grants & Awards

Announcing the Inaugural Recipients of the Marilynn Thoma Fellowship in Spanish Colonial Art and the Thoma Foundation Research and Travel Grants

The Thoma Foundation is proud to announce the inaugural recipients of the Marilynn Thoma Fellowship in Spanish Colonial Art and the Thoma Foundation Research and Travel Grants. The $60,000 Marilynn Thoma Post-Doctoral Fellowship is awarded to Katherine Moore McAllen, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande, who will produce a book manuscript examining 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....

Grants & Awards

Announcing the Marilynn Thoma Fellowship in Spanish Colonial Art

The Thoma Foundation is now accepting applications for the inaugural Marilynn Thoma Fellowship in Spanish Colonial Art! The Marilynn Thoma Fellowship provides unrestricted funding in the amounts of $45,000 for pre-doctoral dissertation research and $60,000 for post-doctoral research, and is the first portable, unrestricted fellowship devoted exclusively to Spanish Colonial art. International scholars are encouraged Read more....



The practice of praying with a rosary began in twelfth century Europe, when it was said that the Virgin Mary herself had given the first rosary beads to Saint Dominic of Guzmán with instructions to offer prayers to her. In this painting, Saint Dominic is identified not only by this event and by the Read more....

Grants & Awards

Painted in Mexico, 1700-1790: Pinxit Mexici at LACMA

The first major exhibition and publication devoted to eighteenth-century Mexican painting, Painted in Mexico, 1700-1790: Pinxit Mexici thoroughly contextualizes and repositions a period of art marked by major stylistic developments and the invention of compelling new iconographies. During this period, painters were increasingly commissioned to create mural-size works for the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Read more....

Artwork Loans Grants & Awards

Pacific Standard Time LA/LA

The Foundation is excited to support several museums participating in Pacific Standard Time LA/LA. Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time is a collaborative effort from arts institutions across Southern California to explore Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles for five months from September 2017 through January 2018.

This year, the 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....


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....