Kim Thoman

Kim Thoman creates paintings that combine the artist’s hand and digital images. These two modes of working reflect her interest in the dynamic of dualities, such as nature and culture, the mechanical and the organic, life and death. Biography

Tangled Witness Unseen 5
“Tangled Witness Unseen 5″
Mixed-media on paper
29 x 25” $2500

Tangled Witness Unseen 12
“Tangled Witness Unseen 12″
Mixed-media on paper
29 x 25” $2500

Tangled Witness Unseen 15
“Tangled Witness Unseen 15″
Mixed-media on paper
29 x 25” $2500

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Emerging Venus 2
“Emerging Venus 2″
3D Print, Acrylic, Welded Steel
32” x 31” x 17”

Emerging Venus 6
“Emerging Venus 6″
3D Print, Acrylic, Welded Steel
32” x 31” x 17”

A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Kim Thoman’s interest in art showed up at an early age. This inclination led her to study ceramics at the University of California, Davis, then to UC Berkeley, where she studied painting and drawing, receiving her BA in 1972. Thoman’s work at Berkeley gave her the opportunity to dig deep into making both two and three-dimensional work. Graduate work at San Francisco State culminated in an MFA in ceramic sculpture in 1979. Thoman concentrated on painting until 2011 when the discovery of 3D printing ignited her long-dormant interest in exploring sculptural dimension. She found that making sculpture allowed her to visually expand and develop her core beliefs that duality exists in everything.

Thoman’s work has developed in distinct phases over the years and her recent work has elements that harken back to these phases. As always, ideas about duality or opposing forces in all things dominate her expression. While in graduate school, she produced a series of drawing/paintings with attached ceramic intestine-like forms. In the early 1980s, Thoman created hard-edged paintings with cartoon-like images of men and women. In the two-panel paintings of the 1990s, the two sides were treated as independent entities, because, in the artist’s words, “each side was to hold its own…each side was informed by a different side of myself.”

In Thoman’s search for processes that aligned with her consistent interest in creating images of opposing forces, she found the computer to be a perfect tool for the more linear thinking side of herself – to be opposed by her intuitive side.

The Spiral Series of 2003 developed out of Thoman’s use of the computer. She drew linear vortexes on the computer and printed them onto paper on which she subsequently layered paint, making surreal images that seem inspired both by nature and inner states of feeling. A female-like shape, The Venus, evolved in a series of diptychs and triptychs that were created digitally and printed in 2D and paired with panels she painted with traditional oil paint. The same Venus form recurs as a 3D element in her freestanding steel sculptures, today. Scanned images of her oil paintings are used as the texture or skin for these 3D printed Venus shapes – once again satisfying her need for combining differing processes and images in her quest to explore duality.

Thoman’s art has also been influenced by extended stays in various sites in the U.S., including New Mexico, Vermont, Seattle and Virginia. Her work has been exhibited in many solo exhibitions including Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA, JFK University, Orinda, CA, Stanford Art Spaces, Palo Alto, CA, Oakopolis Gallery, Oakland, CA, and Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA, Bank of America World Headquarters, San Francisco, CA. Upcoming solo exhibitions include The Anderson Art Center in Indiana, Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota, the Mendocino Art Center and SOKA University in California.
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The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency Grant, Taos, New Mexico, 2007.
Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, Vermont, 2003, 2000, 1999.
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Change Grant, New York, New York, 1993.

2017 Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, California.
2016 Stanford Art Spaces, Palo Alto, California.
Oakopolis Gallery, Uplift, Oakland, California
Peninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame, California.
2015 The Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, California.
The Anderson Center for the Arts, Anderson, Indiana.
Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota.
2013 Shadravan Gallery, Oakland, California.
2010 Monterey Peninsula College Art Gallery, Monterey, California.
2009 “W”, San Francisco, California.
2008 SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, California.
Oakopolis Gallery, Oakland, California.
2006 California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California.
2005 Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.
Dream Institute of Northern California, Berkeley, California.
2003 Perspective Gallery, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia (catalogue).
1998 Quantum Corporation, Milpitas, California.
1997 Gallery of the Center for Psychological Studies, Albany, California.
1994 JFK University Art Gallery, Orinda, California.
1993 Jung Institute of San Francisco, San Francisco, California.
California School for Professional Psychology, Alameda, California.
1992 Graham & James Law Offices, San Francisco, California.
1991 Bank of America World Headquarters, Plaza Gallery, San Francisco, California.
1990 SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, California.
1987 Djurovich Gallery, Sacramento, California.
1985 Monterey Peninsula Museum, Monterey, California.
1983 Cabot College Art Gallery, Oakland, California.
1982 Berkeley Stage Theater, Berkeley, California.

2015 International Digital Sculpture Exhibition
Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas.
2014 Adell McMillan Gallery, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.
25th Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium
Etter-Harbin Alumni Center at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.
Real/Surreal, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, California.
Return of the Thing: 5 Artists Use 3D Printing, Contra Costa College Gallery, San Pablo, California.
The Breakfast Group: Jive and Java, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California.
2013 Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, California.
Oakopolis Gallery, Uplift, Oakland, California
2005 Dayle Dunn Gallery, Half Moon Bay, California.
U.C. Berkeley Art Alumni Show, Berkeley, California.
Art Concepts Gallery, Walnut Creek, California.
Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California.
Outnumbered: Works On Paper, Jackrabbit Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2002 Reflections, San Pablo Arts Gallery, San Pablo, California.
Contemporary Abstracts, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, California. (Best of Show)
Maxtor Corporation, San Jose, California.
2001 Aspect Communications, San Jose, California.
2000 Synopsys Incorporated, Mountain View, California.
1998 Womanscape: Body, Land, Ocean, Urban, Sun Gallery, Hayward, California.
1997 Breakthrough Color, Editions Limited Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana.
1996 Ahead of the Wave, Iris Arts, Berkeley, California.
1995 The World’s Women On-Line, United Nations 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing, China.
1994 Joanne Chappell Gallery, San Francisco, California.
1993 Pro Arts Gallery, Annual, Oakland, California (catalogue).
1991 3Com Corporation, Santa Clara, California.
1988 Los Medanos College Art Gallery, Pittsburg, California.
1987 Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, California (catalogue).
1986 San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, California.
1984 Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, California.”
1983 Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
1982 Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon.
1980 Contemporary Artisans Gallery, San Francisco, California.
1979 33rd Annual San Francisco Arts Festival, San Francisco, California.
1978 Ligoa Duncan Gallery, New York, New York.
1977 Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California.

University of California, Davis, California, Art Department, 1966-68.
University of California, Berkeley, California, Bachelor of Arts, 1972.
University of California, Riverside, California, Education Credential, 1973.
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, MA: Ceramic Sculpture, 1979.

Merritt College, Oakland, CA, 2000-2013.
Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA, 1980-2000.
California College of Arts, Extension Program, Oakland, CA, 1981.

Drawing, Painting, Design, Digital Painter, Photoshop Elements,
2D Design, Ceramics, Art History: Survey of 20th Century Art.


Curator: Return of the Thing: 5 Artists Use 3D Printing, Contra Costa College Gallery, San Pablo, CA, 2014.
Juror: Oakland Art Association Exhibition, Oakland, CA, 2010.
Slide Lecture & Talk: “Sustaining A Creative Life” San Leandro Rotary Club, Oakland, CA, 2010.
Slide Lecture: California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco, CA, 2006.
Juror: Print and Video Festival, Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA, 2005.
Juror: Los Medanos Student Art Show, 2000, Los Medanos College Art Gallery, Pittsburg, CA, 2000.
Juror: Los Medanos Student Art Show, 1999, Los Medanos College Art Gallery, Pittsburg, CA, 1999.
Juror: Printmaking: People and Process, California Society of Printmakers, Contra Costa College Gallery and On-Line Show, San Pablo, CA, 1997.
Faculty Advisor: Milvia Street Art and Literary Magazine, Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA, 1995-97.
Juror: Ohlone College Art Student League Competition, Fremont, CA, 1995.
Slide Lecture: Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, 1994.
Slide Lecture: JFK University, Orinda, CA, 1994.
Contributing Writer: Art In Focus, High School Art Textbook, Glencoe Publishing Company, Mission       Hills, CA, 1992.
Contributing Writer: Exploring Art, Junior High Art Textbook, Glencoe Publishing Company, Mission      Hills, CA, 1990.
Art Department Chair, Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA, 1990-92.
Juror: 1985 Army Artist Contest, Presidio Army Base, San Francisco, CA, 1985.

BIBLIOGRAPHY, “What Things May Come: 3D Printing is the Topic of Southwestern Universtiy Symposium/Sculpture Exhibit”, Michelle Matisons, February 3, 2015., “Emerging Venus”: Kim Thoman’s 3D Printed Sculptures Designed to Embody Dualities, by Michelle Matisons, January, 23, 2015.
ArtCritical, Online Magazine of Art & Ideas, May 3, 2014, The Breakfast Group: Exhibition at Richmond Art Center toasts Bay Area Institution by Hearne Pardee.
East Bay Express, Oakland, California, February 2008, Drastic Park by DeWitt Cheng (photo).
Tempo, Taos News, Taos, New Mexico, October 2007, Total Arts Gallery Review (photo).
Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto, California, August 2005, Art: Stanford Art Spaces, (photos).
Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California, August 2005, Art on Paper by Monique Beeler.
The Forum, California Community Colleges Publication, Sacramento, California, 1997.
TSA, Alameda, California, October 1993, Unlikely Collision: Art at CSPP by Richard Whittaker.
Pacific Grove Monarch, Pacific Grove, California, October 1988, Art Notes by Sam Colburn.
Contra Costa Times, Contra Costa, California, May 1988, Los Medanos Exhibit Explores the Art of Grief by Bonnie Ferguson.
San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco, California, January 1987, A Provocative Exhibition Put
Together Like A Chain Letter, Al Morch.
Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California, December 1983, Art Show Runs the Gamut From Awful to Glorious by Charles Shere.
Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California, August 1983, Crowded Talented Walnut Creek Show
by Charles Shere.
Contra Costa Times, Contra Costa, California, August 1983, Walnut Creek Exhibit Features Area Artists by Carol Fowler.
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