Barbara Earl Thomas

Artist/Writer

Independent

biography

Barbara Earl Thomas is a writer and visual artist with numerous national exhibits to her credit. Drawing on her personal history between the American south and the Pacific Northwest, she incorporates themes of people and their rituals with the land, foregrounding the mythologized, metaphorical sense of place as operating between a geographical and spiritual location. Thomas has  lectures on arts and culture as well as serving as a  social and cultural activist who was instrumental in the creation of the Northwest African American Museum, where she served as its executive director from 2008 to 2012. She received her BA and MFA from the University of Washington School of Art.  She is represent by the Claire Oliver Gallery in New York.

Photo by Ingrid Pape-Sheldon