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About Barbara Earl Thomas

Barbara Earl Thomas is a Seattle based-painter and writer. She has exhibited artwork at the Seattle Art Museum, The Tacoma Art Museum, and Whatcom County Museum and in museums throughout the U.S. Her work is included in a number of prestigious private and public collections such as the Safeco Corporate Collection, the Microsoft Corporate Collection and the Seattle Art Museum.

A published writer Thomas received 1998 & 2000 The Seattle Arts Commissions award for new non-fiction. Her essays have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including Raven Chronicles, A Single Mothers Companion, Intimate Nature: The Bonds Between Women and Animals, The Gift of Birds: True Encounters with Avian Spirits and Never Late for Heaven: The Art of Gwen Knight. Storm Watch: The Art of Barbara Earl Thomas was published in 1998 by the University of Washington Press.

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Barbara Earl Thomas is a seasoned lecturer on art and contemporary American culture and keynote speaker

Keynotes & Lectures Clients

Bellevue Community College, Commencement Address, 2005
Weyerhaeuser Company, Keynote, Creating a Culture of Inclusion, Professional Development, 2005
Bellevue Community College, Professional Development, The Creative process and the Responsibilities of Freedom, 2004
Principal Speaker, League of Women Voters, Annual Meeting
The Creative Process and the Responsibilities of Freedom, 2004
Edmonds Community College, Brown Bag Lecture Series, 2004
Humanities Commission, Keynote, Annual Meeting, 2003
Seattle Art Museum, lecture: Jacob Lawrence, Migration Series, Docent education series, 2002

Writing Clients

Meditation on the Word House, Arcade Magazine, Seattle, 2004
Never Late for Heaven: co authored monograph on the life and work of
Gwen Knight Lawrence, University of Washington Press, 2003
Ordinary Miracles, Allan Rohan Crite, Artist and Reporter of the African American Community, Frye Art Museum, 2001
Making a Place: The Art of Julie Speidel, art catalogue essay, Idaho, 1999