Alma W. Thomas Ornament
After a long career as a schoolteacher, Alma W. Thomas devoted her retirement to art-making. She achieved recognition as the first African-American woman to have a retrospective exhibit at the Whitney Museum in 1972.
Custom-made for the Chrysler Museum Shop on the occasion of the exhibit, Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful, our hand-crafted fabric ornament depicts Alma wearing the dress she often wore while working in her studio. She holds a representation of one of her late-career paintings. Let this keepsake ornament remind you of the power of education and art, and that it's never too late to make an impact!
- A portion of the proceeds from this item will be donated towards the Alma W. Thomas Endowment Scholarship Fund at Howard University's Department of Art
- Ornament is 6 inches (15.2 cm) tall not including the hanging loop
- Hand-made by skilled artisans in Thailand (certified Fair Trade)
For over 25 years St. Nicolas has worked with a small charity in Thailand that helps disadvantaged rural women find work in their community, rather than being forced to leave home to work in a factory. Today, some 200 skilled women work at home sewing the decorations, and many of them have been doing so for more than 10 years. All of the historical figure decorations are made in this way as well as numerous other designs.
St. Nicolas is proud to be a member of BAFTS (British Association of Fair Trade Suppliers) and supports the 10 Principles of Fair Trade, as set out by the World Fair Trade Organization.
A portion of the proceeds from this item supports the Alma W. Thomas Endowment Scholarship Fund at Howard University’s Department of Art, in honor of Thomas’s legacy as an arts educator and fine artist.