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The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation recognizes the power of the arts to challenge and shift perceptionsspark creativity, and connect people across cultures. They lend and exhibit artworks from their collection and support innovative individuals and pivotal initiatives in the arts.

Based in Chicago and Santa Fe, the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation collection includes over 1,600 works and spans four broad fields: Art of the Spanish Americas, Digital & Media Art, Japanese Bamboo, and Post-War Painting & Sculpture.

The Foundation’s programs include:

  • Artwork loans to venues around the world
  • Awards and fellowships to support original scholarship across our collection areas
  • Educational opportunities for learners of all ages, such as lectures, symposia, and class visits to our exhibition spaces
  • Exhibitions at the Foundation spaces: Art Vault in Santa Fe and Orange Door in Chicago
  • Grants to nonprofit organizations for innovative exhibitions, academic programs, convening and publications in our collection areas.

Inspired to make contributions with wide-ranging yet personal impact, Carl and Marilynn Thoma founded the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation in 2014 to distinguish their initiatives in and support of the visual arts. The Thomas hold a strong belief that the arts play a seminal role in society, and the establishment of an arts-specific foundation allowed them to be secure in the knowledge that their passion in this area would be sustained for decades to come.

In 2021 the Foundation was re-named to more broadly reflect our expanded efforts. The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation’s philanthropic reach extends beyond the artworld to strengthen community, leadership, and education initiatives in under-resourced and rural areas.

From 2015 to 2022, the Foundation has lent more than 1,100 works of art to over 165 exhibitions across the globe. In addition, the Foundation has made over 100 grants to nonprofit organizations totaling more than $8 million dollars, awarded funding to 21 individuals for scholarly research, and hosted 26 exhibitions at its spaces. The Foundation’s collection numbers more than 1,600 works of art and continues to grow.

Contact Info

Art House Santa Fe 231 Delgado Street Santa Fe New Mexico 87501 U.S.A..


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