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Seattle-based artist Barbara Earl Thomas draws from history, literature, folklore, and biblical stories to address what she calls the plagues of our day, from pervasive violence against Black men and youth, to gun violence, to the climate crisis.
Get to know her a bit more in an interview about her exhibition, "The Geography of Innocence" -- on view for a year when SAM is able to reopen. This new exhibition centers Black youth in a series of all-new artworks at once delicate and resilient. Thomas uses cut-paper and glass portraits to transform SAM's galleries into a luminaria.
Visitor Tip: Click around SAM Blog for videos taking you inside artist studios (Thomas' included).