A Collection of Changes: Barbara Campbell Thomas

A Block Gallery Exhibition Featuring Works From the Municipal Art Collection

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Artwork by Barbara Campbell Thomas

Mobile Beyond All Motion
Barbara Campbell Thomas
Acrylic and collage on canvas with insets of pieced and machine stitched fabric, dyed fabric, spray paint
72" x 60"

Barbara Campbell Thomas's work combines painting with quilting, overlaying their material vocabularies to create complex formal dialogues within each painting that resonate with the details of her own life and the history of each medium. She came relatively late to quilting, which she learned from her mother, but quickly realized its power as an art form traditionally practiced by women to inform and expand the range of painting.

“The instinctive, practitioner-based connection I made between painting and quilting established an alternate foundation for my painting practice, one that finally allowed in all I knew was missing from the definition I had received in art school, a definition in which women were conspicuously absent.”  - Barbara Campbell Thomas

About the Artist

Barbara Campbell Thomas’s paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States: at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, The Painting Center, the Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, and, in 2021, she will attend the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency. She is a recent recipient of a North Carolina Artists Fellowship.

Barbara Campbell Thomas is an Associate Professor of Art at the School of Art at UNC Greensboro. She lives and works in Climax, NC.




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