The Alma Thomas Society, a category of membership that supports The Columbus Museum
's Fund for African American Art, recently voted overwhelmingly to acquire an untitled piece by glass artist Therman Statom, who studied with glass artist Dale Chihuly.
The dues-paying members have an annual purchase party to vote on objects presented for consideration by Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of American Art Jonathan Frederick Walz, Ph.D.
Therman Statoms handsome Untitled (Ladder), 2020, will join other studio glass pieces in the collection, all of which contextualize the Museums iconic monumental boat sculpture by Dale Chihuly, Walz said. Statom studied with Chihuly, making this assemblage sculpture by the countrys leading African American glass artist an appropriate way to build on collection strengths while also helping to fill a gap. Untitled (Ladder) will be worked into the display of other studio glass pieces in Gallery 215 in the next few weeks.
The Alma Thomas Society also selected a second piece, a drawing from multi-talented artist Lloyd McNeill entitled Jazz, 1990.
Alma Thomas Society members help diversify the Museums holdings and we are grateful for their support and leadership, Walz said.
Founded in 1953, The Columbus Museum is one of the largest museums in the Southeast and is unique for its dual concentration on American art and regional history, displayed in its permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and educational programs. The Museum strives to be a cultural leader, distinguishing itself through an approach that engages visitors, stimulates creativity, inspires critical thinking, sparks conversations, and brings art and history to life.