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GCSU Museum presents Steffen Thomas: Small Paintings - Powerful Figures

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POSTED: June 23, 2008
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GCSU Museum presents Steffen Thomas: Small Paintings - Powerful Figures

large photo Steffen Thomas: Small Paintings-Powerful Figures is currently on exhibition at the GCSU Museum through September 6.

The exhibit features 12 small format drawings by Stefffen Thomas (1906-1990) rendered in watercolor, marker and pencil. These images are part of an exhibit guest curated by Washington, DC based curator Alan Aiches in 2001.

"These drawings are," according to Aiche,"the strongest images that best represented what Thomas was doing with his this work between 1970 - 1990."

In his statement regarding these works, Aiches also notes, in reference to Thomas’s path as an artist, "Thomas seems to have returned to his German expressionists roots, that place which more closely resembles where he began, during the last part of his career."

The Steffen Thomas Museum and Archives is located in the rural community of Buckhead near Madison, GA. The Museum is dedicated to providing art education programs and projects for children and families in rural Northeast and Middle Georgia communities.

"If you have never been to the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art," says GCSU Museum Curator, Shannon Morris, "you will enjoy the serene location to the engaging works of art."

Born in Furth, Germany, Thomas was apprenticed by his father, a paintbrush manufacturer, to a stonecutter at the age of 14 when he realized that his son wanted to become a sculptor. Following the completion of his three-year apprenticeship, Thomas entered The School of Applied Arts in Nuremberg and at the age of 19 he began to study at the Academy of Fine Art in Munich where he was awarded "Master" status at the age of 21.

After completing his education in 1928, Thomas decided to come to the United States. His choice to move America was inspired by a Romantic concept from magazines and novels and predated the arrival of other German expressionist who came as a result of Nazi hostility toward this artistic movement.

In 1930, he moved to Atlanta where he met and married Sara Douglas after a brief and romantic courtship. The couple relocated to a 50-acre plot of land near Stone Mountain. Steffen and Sara raised four children, and Thomas spent the next 20 years building and expanding the family home, which he filled with his own creations.

During the course of his accomplished life as a sculptor, Thomas sought and acquired many public commissions including Alabama Memorial at the National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi, which is among the most important.

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For more information, contact Judy Bailey in University Communications at (478) 445-4477.