Lava Thomas

Lava Thomas tackles issues of race, gender, representation and memorialization through a multidisciplinary practice that spans drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and site-specific installations. Drawing from her family’s Southern roots, current socio-political events, intersectional feminism and African American protest and devotional traditions, Thomas’s practice centers ideas that amplify visibility, healing, and empowerment in the face of erasure, trauma and oppression.

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Meet the Artist: Lava Thomas on "Requiem for Charleston" presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, November 2017

Artist News

Group Exhibition

The Black Index

On view ONLINE January 14 – March 20, 2021. Presented by UC Irvine University Art Gallery. Curated by Bridget R. Cookes. [Traveling]


San Francisco Reinstates Thomas’ Maya Angelou Monument

Read the New York Times article HERE

Read the San Francisco Chronicle article HERE

Read the KQED article HERE

Group Exhibition

Monument at Minnestota Street Project

On view in the Minnesota Street Project Atrium through January 30, 2021. No appointment necessary. 

View online HERE

Selected Work

Past Exhibition Catalog


In Conversation: Lava Thomas + Hung Liu, October 9, 2020
Lava Thomas: In the Artist's Studio, June 17, 2020

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