5 Black Female Artists Who Broke The Stained Glass Painted Ceiling

- By

Alma Woodsey Thomas

(1891 – 1978)

Alma Thomas...

Source: The Washington Post / Getty

Alma Woodsey Thomas became the first ever student to graduate from Howard University with a fine arts degree in 1924. Her artistic journey was anything but conventional from there. Thomas would teach art at a junior high school for 35 years before finally focusing full-time on her own creative work.

Thomas was 75 years old before she had a piece featured in an exhibit, making her not only a role model for Black women artists but also for artists getting their start later in life. Thomas eventually became the first Black woman to have a solo exhibition in New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art.


Comment Disclaimer: Comments that contain profane or derogatory language, video links or exceed 200 words will require approval by a moderator before appearing in the comment section. XOXO-MN