About the Museum

The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art is a “single artist” museum displaying the art of Steffen Thomas. When Steffen Thomas passed away in 1990, he left his wife, Sara Douglass Thomas, and their four children the summation of a prolific artistic career. Nurturing a vision of a museum dedicated to the preservation of her husband’s art, Mrs. Thomas wanted to turn the Thomas home in Midtown Atlanta into a studio museum. After this was found to be impossible because of zoning and infrastructure issues, the Thomas family decided to build on land owned by the oldest son in rural Morgan County. In 1995, Mrs. Thomas used the bulk of her life savings to build a 13,000 square foot facility to protect and display her late husband’s work, the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art.

To perpetuate Mrs. Thomas’s dream and to preserve and exhibit the art for the education of future generations, a group of family, friends, art enthusiasts and members of the local community created the nonprofit organization of Steffen Thomas Museum and Archives, Inc. (STMA) in 1998, which maintains the facility as a museum and offers educational programs to the community. The corporation owns a Permanent Collection of 400 sculptures, mosaics, paintings, and works on paper by Steffen Thomas. In addition, there are major works on long-term loan from the artist’s family.

The Museum’s Arts Outreach Program was inspired by Steffen Thomas’ experiences with George Washington Carver, Martha Berry and his life-long advocacy of vocational education. The Museum has presented unique, in-depth and hands-on art programming in the Lake Oconee tri-county area every year since 2001. As part of the Arts Outreach Program, public works of art by local school children have been permanently installed in the tri-county communities – a lasting testament to the children’s creativity and the Museum’s dedication to serving the community. In 2015 the museum began a collaboration with regional universities, offering college students the unique opportunity of showing their work in a museum setting.

In addition to the educational programs and changing exhibits of Steffen Thomas’s work, the museum also offers a number of special exhibitions every year.

STMA’s Statements of Review are available to the public: FY2014, FY2015