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Alma Woodsey Thomas

In 1924,  Alma Woodsey Thomas became the first graduate of the University’s Fine Arts program with a B.S. degree in Art. Ms. Thomas became a celebrated painter in the late 20th century. She was the first African-American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  In 2015, Ms. Thomas’ painting, “Resurrection” was purchased for the White House, making it the first work by an African American woman to be placed on view in the public spaces of the White House as part of the permanent collection.