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Virtual | An Evening with Barbara Earl Thomas

December 10, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Installation shot of Barbara Earl Thomas' work at Henry Gallery
6pm PT / 7pm MT / 8pm CT / 9pm ET

ArtTable’s Northwest Chapter invites members and guests to celebrate the holidays by spending a virtual evening with esteemed artist Barbara Earl Thomas. She will be joined in conversation by Nina Bozicnik, Curator at the Henry Art Gallery, discussing the current exhibition, Packaged Black: Derrick Adams and Barbara Earl Thomas.

This special event promises to be a fun, informative, and intimate evening for ArtTable members and friends. Time will be set aside for questions from the audience. The evening will be peppered with chances to win exciting prizes through a raffle, and of course there will be a chance to connect with each other during some lively chat roulette.

– 6:00-6:10pm: Welcome + Thanks
– 6:10-6:40pm: Live conversation with Barbara Earl Thomas and Nina Bozicnik
– 6:40-6:50pm: Q&A
– 6:50-6:55pm: Introduction of new Chapter Leaders
– 6:55-7:05pm: Breakout rooms
– 7:05-7:15pm: Raffle

Raffle items include:

More raffle items to be announced!


Admission (includes one raffle ticket)

  • ArtTable Members – $10
  • Non-Members – $15

Additional raffle tickets:

  • 1 ticket – $15
  • 4 tickets – $60
  • 8 tickets – $120


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Accessibility: Please note that this program will offer live closed captioning. If you require additional accommodations, please email

About the speakers

Nina Bozicnik is Curator at the Henry Art Gallery, where she has organized exhibitions including most recently Packaged Black: Derrick Adams and Barbara Earl Thomas (2021); Will Rawls: Everlasting Stranger (2021); Bambitchell: Bugs & Beasts Before the Law (2021), Carrie Yamaoka: recto/verso (2019), & Between Bodies (2018-19). She has also organized presentations & projects for the museum with artists including Demian DinéYazhi´ (2018), Chris E. Vargas & the Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art (2016-17), & Michelle Handelman (2015), among others. Prior to the Henry, Bozicnik held curatorial positions at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire; deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; and the Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, Massachusetts.

Barbara Earl Thomas earned her BA and MFA from the University of Washington. She has been the recipient of the Howard S. Wright Award, Stranger Genius Award, Mayor’s Arts Award, and Hauberg Fellowship. Thomas has completed residencies at the Pilchuck School of Glass, Stanwood; Museum of Glass, Tacoma; and Goathead Press, Tieton. She has held solo exhibitions at the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science; Seattle Art Museum; Bainbridge Island Art Museum; and Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham. Thomas has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Bellevue Arts Museum; Northwest African American Museum, Seattle; and Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art. Her work is included in the public collections of the Portland Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, and Tacoma Art Museum. She is represented by the Claire Oliver Gallery in New York.

About the exhibition

Packaged Black brings together the work of artists Derrick Adams (b. 1970, Baltimore, MD) and Barbara Earl Thomas (b. 1948, Seattle, WA) in a collaborative, multi-media installation developed from their shared dialogue about representation, Black identity, and practices of cultural resistance. This exhibition is a synthesis of a multi-year, intergenerational, and cross-country exchange between New York-based Adams and Seattle-based Thomas that began after the two artists exhibited work alongside each other in a group show at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2017. For this exhibition, Thomas draws upon the role of media and fairytales in shaping social expectations and her own conception of self. She is presenting all new work, including an immersive installation conceived as a ‘transformation room’ and a series of new cut-paper portraits of friends and colleagues that riff on the concept of the royal court.


Thank you to ArtTable’s Northwest Chapter Leaders Jessica Landau, Judith Rinehart, and Gina Broze for organizing this program.

Image: Barbara Earl Thomas. Installation view of Packaged Black: Derrick Adams and Barbara Earl Thomas, 2021, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle. Photo: Jueqian Fang, courtesy of the Henry Art Gallery


December 10, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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