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Adam M. Thomas

Curator of American Art Affiliate Assistant; Professor of Art History
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Adam M. Thomas is Curator of American Art at the Palmer Museum of Art, where he has organized more than a dozen exhibitions, including From the Rooftops: John Sloan and the Art of a New Urban Space (2019), which traveled to the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, New York. His essays have appeared in the exhibition catalogues Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art (University of Chicago Press, 2021); Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art (University of Oklahoma Press, 2016), a finalist for the College Art Association’s 2018 Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions; and Bold, Cautious, True: Walt Whitman and American Art of the Civil War Era (Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 2009), among other publications. Prior to joining the Palmer in 2015, he worked on curatorial projects at the Hispanic Society of America, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the Phillips Collection. He is the editor of a forthcoming catalogue of American paintings in the Palmer’s collection as well as the author of a forthcoming book on race and empire in transatlantic art of the 1870s.

  • Education

    BA from New York University

    MA and PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign