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Barbara Earl Thomas: In Process

Presented in concert with Barbara Earl Thomas: The Illuminated Body, this exhibition shares insights into Thomas’ artistic process, featuring photographs and materials from the artist’s studio.

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March 18 - May 22, 2024
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Fisher Fine Arts Library, first floor
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Open to the Public
An artist’s workspace with two vibrant, colorful artworks laid out on a table, surrounded by an assortment of art supplies and additional images and artworks pinned to the wall.

I use my knife like the oar that slices the water’s surface in a swirling motion to reveal, through some magic, the biofluorescence—I cut to reveal, to make seen.                

— Barbara Earl Thomas

Barbara Earl Thomas (American, born 1948) creates detailed and luminous cut-paper works that transfix, uplift, and inspire. Through a variety of methods and mediums, Thomas’ practice weaves together portraits, glass story vessels, and installation works that communicate the essence of their subjects, drawing inspiration from history, mythology, literature, and Thomas’ own life.

Presented in concert with Barbara Earl Thomas: The Illuminated Body, on view through May 21 in the Arthur Ross Gallery, this exhibition shares insights into Thomas’ artistic process, featuring photographs and materials from the artist’s studio.

Co-curated by Kylie Grimm, Gallery Intern, and Elizabeth McClafferty, Interim Gallery Manager and Public Engagement Coordinator, Arthur Ross Gallery.

Plan Your Visit

On view March 18 – May 22, 2024. This exhibition is free and open to the public and located on the first floor of the Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Penn students, faculty, and staff can visit anytime the library is open. All other visitors are welcome from 9:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays.

Penn faculty, staff, and students must swipe their PennCard for access. Visitors from outside the Penn community must present a a current, valid government or school-issued photo I.D. that contains an expiration date. Find more information to plan your visit.  

Special Thanks

Barbara Earl Thomas: The Illuminated Body is organized by the Chrysler Museum and curated by Carolyn Swan Needell, the Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass. The presentation at the Arthur Ross Gallery and the public programs are organized by Emily Zimmerman, Interim Director of Exhibitions and Programs. Major support for Barbara Earl Thomas: The Illuminated Body has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation.

 

Featured image: The studio of Barbara Earl Thomas. Photo courtesy of the artist.