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Mickalene Thomas

 (born 1971)
Mickalene Thomas is active/lives in New York, New Jersey.  Mickalene Thomas is known for large-scale female figurative mixed-media paintings.

Mickalene Thomas

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New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas is best known for her elaborate paintings composed of rhinestones, acrylic and enamel. Thomas introduces a complex vision of what it means to be a woman and expands common definitions of beauty. Her work stems from her long study of art history and the classical genres of portraiture, landscape and still life.

Inspired by various sources that range from the 19th century Hudson River School to Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse and Romare Bearden, she continues to explore notions of beauty from a contemporary perspective infused with the more recent influences of popular culture and Pop Art.


Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

2002 MFA in Painting, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
2000 BFA in Painting, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1998 Southern Cross University, Lismore Australia

2011 Versailles Foundation Munn Artists Program, Giverny, France
2010 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen, CO
2010 Durham Press, Durham, PA
2003 Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
2001 Vermont Studios Center, Johnson, VT
1999 Yale Norfolk Summer of Music and Art, Norfolk, CT


"Origin of the Universe" Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

"Mickalene Thomas - Mama Bush: One of a Kind Two" Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

"Put A Little Sugar In My Bowl" Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, CA

"Mickalene Thomas" Alumni Achievement Award Exhibition, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY "Something You Can Feel" La Conservera Contemporary Art Space, Ceuti, Spain

"What's Love Got To Do With It?" Bloom Projects, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum,

2012 Asher B. Duran Award, Brooklyn Museum of Art
2010 Timerhi Award for Leadership in the Arts
2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant;
         Pratt Institute Alumni Achievement Award
2007 Rema Hort Mann Grant
2002 Barry Cohen Scholarship, Yale University
2001 Paul Harper Fellowship, Yale University
2000 Presidential Merit Scholarship, Yale University
1999 Elizabeth Stokel Battell Fellowship, Yale University
1998 Pratt Institute Student Leadership Award
1995-97 Pratt Institute Black Alumni Scholarship

21c Museum
The Akron Art Museum
The Art Institute of Chicago
Brooklyn Museum
The Guggenheim Museum, New York
The International Center of Photography
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Museum of Modern Art
National Portrait Gallery
Smithsonian Institution
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
New York Public Library
The Rubell Family Collection
San Francisco Museum of Modern
Art?Sender Collection
The Studio Museum of Harlem
Taschen Collection
The Mikki and Stanley Weithorn Collection
Whitney Museum of American
Art?West Collection
Yale University

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About  Mickalene Thomas

Born:  1971 - New Jersey
Known for:  large-scale female figurative mixed-media paintings