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Steffen Thomas Exhibit Opens January 16, 2014 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Pines in a Landscape, ca 1960, Watercolor, Private Collection, Image © STAR, LP of GA
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art announces a new exhibition, Steffen Thomas: Rediscovered which opens to the public on January 16, 2014. Born in 1906 in Fürth, Germany, Steffen Thomas apprenticed under a stone carver at age fourteen, and then attended both the School of Applied Arts in Nuremberg and the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich where he earned “Master” status at age twenty-one. In 1928, Thomas left his native country, and after brief stays in Florida, Illinois and Alabama, he settled in Atlanta by the end of 1929. For the next sixty years, Thomas established himself as an important member of the Georgia art scene. The work of Steffen Thomas is based firmly in the Expressionist movement of his native Germany and in European Classical traditions. His art is a subjective emotional response to the world around him, and it is executed with varying degrees of abstraction and symbolism. However, it reflects a vision that was formed from his American experience and there is inherent in his work a strong sense of freedom and experimentation, both in style and process. Working in various media – including oil, encaustic, watercolor, welded and cast metals, carved stone, drawing, mosaic and all forms of printing –Thomas moved easily from classical forms to abstraction. Steffen Thomas: Rediscovered will assemble over ninety works from both public and private collections that reveal his mastery of various mediums and the depth and breadth of his subject matter. Ranging from floral still lifes and portraiture to pure abstraction, this exhibition is the story of one artist’s love affair with the purely American ideals of freedom and innovation.
The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) is dedicated to providing art education programs and projects for children and families in rural Northeast and Middle Georgia communities. Using Georgia artist Steffen Thomas's work as examples of creative expression the museum provides opportunities for children to develop their own talents, a deeper understanding of themselves, of their connections to all living things and of their responsibility for preserving the environment.
The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art is located at 4200 Bethany Road, Buckhead, GA 30625; 706-342-7557. STMA is 60 miles east of Atlanta; 5 miles southeast of Madison. From I-20 take Exit 121, turn south to stop sign. Right on Bethany Road for 1 mile to museum.
The Steffen Thomas Museum and Archives, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, owns and displays a large collection of Steffen Thomas's sculptures, paintings, mosaics, ceramics, furniture, works on paper as well as personal papers and artifacts documenting his life. The museum is also dedicated to exhibiting and preserving this collection for future generations.