Redwing Black Birds & Shooting Stars

Passed down from Slavery the Blackbird and Crow are terms often used when describing Black people. “Gotta watch that ol’Crow…

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

Columbia University School of Law, The Art of Visual Persuasion, 2016
Facebook, Seattle’s Black Cultural Map, Seattle Corporate office, 2016
Martin Luther King Day, Key Note, Seattle Colleges, 2015
Seattle Audubon Society, “Nature Belongs to Us All,” Lecture, 2015
Path for Art, Key Note, Seattle, WA, 2014
Pecha Kucha presentations: Seattle Art Museum, Elle, 2013
“Telling Stories,” Bellevue Arts Museum, 2013
Cornish College of the Arts, lecture, “Visual Culture: Ways of Seeing,” 2012
League of Women Voters, Annual Meeting, “The Creative Process and the Responsibilities of Freedom,” 2004

Writing Clients

Looking for George, La Nordo, A Seattle Art Journal, Seattle WA, 2015
What to Do in the Rain, The Mail, Short Story, 826 Anthology, Seattle WA, 2013
Vital Signs, Joe Fedderson, essay introduction, University of Washington Press, 2008
Faith and the Ultimatum, Journal for Social Justice, Law Journal, Seattle University, 2005
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
Sweet Hope Waiting, The Gift of Birds: True Encounters,Travelers Tales, 2000
Making a Place: The Art of Julie Speidel, art catalogue essay, Idaho, 1999
Together in the World: Art Catalogue Essay on the Life of Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Bumbershoot, Seattle Arts Festival 1999
Storm Watch: The Art of Barbara Earl Thomas, The University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1998
Making Peace, essay in The Spirit of the Canyon, Katherine Jo Ryan, Ed., and NorthLand Press Arizona, 1998
Intersections, catalogue essay in Civil Progress: Life in Black America, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, 1997