Mickalene Thomas, b. 1971, Camden, NJ
Mickalene Thomas was born in New Jersey in 1971. Thomas earned her MFA from Yale University, and holds a BFA from the Pratt Institute. In 2002-2003 she participated in the Artist in Residence program at the Studio Museum in Harlem and in 2011 she was a resident at the Versailles Foundation Munn Artists Program and Giverny, France. Recent awards include the 2012 Brooklyn Museum Asher B. Durand Award, Timerhi Award for Leadership in the Arts, the Joan Mitchell Grant and the Pratt Institute Alumni Achievement Award in 2009, and the Rema Hort Mann Grant in 2007.
Thomas has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, including “I was Born to do Great Things” Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago (2014); “Téte de Femme” Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York (2014); “Origin of the Universe,” Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York (2012). Thomas’s work can be found in significant museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, KS, the Rubell Collection in Miami, FL, and the American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Thomas is represented by Lehmann Maupin in New York, and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, and Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris, and Kavi Gupta in Chicago. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY