The art world has been famously exclusive and limited over the years, with collections and wonderful works sadly kept behind closed doors and ensuring that many beautiful and inspiring pieces simply aren’t able to seen by art-loving audiences. Fortunately, a growing contingent of art lovers, collectors, and curators are acknowledging the important of making art as accessible as possible, and some very generous collectors, like Carl and Marilynn Thoma, are donating their entire collections for the appreciation of a wider audience through organizations like the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation.

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All About The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation

The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation was formed back in 2014 by Carl Thoma and Marilynn Thoma. The pair generously donated their own personal collection of artwork, including a grand total of more than 1,000 works, which they had amassed over the decades, dating all the way back to their first acquisition in the mid-1970s, to the foundation. This extraordinary collection, of a value in the tens of millions of dollars, can now be enjoyed and experienced by a much greater audience than ever before through the foundations Santa Fe Art House and lending programs for touring exhibitions.

- All About The Thomas - Carl Thoma and Marilynn Thoma first started collecting art in 1975. As well as being a passionate collector of art, Carl is a philanthropist and founder of Thoma Bravo LLC. A highly successful and pioneering entrepreneur, Carl acquired a range of modern and contemporary paintings over the years. In more recent times, he developed a keen interest in digital art and the ways in which modern technology can be used to break new boundaries for the art world. Marilynn Thoma, meanwhile, is also a lifelong art lover with a keen interest in art museums and foundations. She's worked with several leading art institutions over the years and has a particular interest in Spanish colonial works.

- The Mission of the Foundation - The mission of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation is to make art more accessible and harness its power to challenge conceptions, help people to look at things from completely different angles, trigger creativity, connect people from different cultures and walks of life, and effectively change the world for the better. Carl and Marilynn Thoma, through their lifelong love affair with art collection, have seen and experienced firsthand the positive power of art and decided to share their collection with the foundation to put that incredible power to the best possible use.

- The Work of the Foundation - The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation runs two exhibition spaces, one in Santa Fe and one in Chicago, which are both open to public visits and school tours. At these locations, guests can admire some of the more than 1,200 works of art donated to the foundation by the Thomas, including everything from cutting edge digital and electronic art with video screens and interactive technology over to Japanese bamboo sculptures, post-war paintings, Spanish colonial pieces, and more. The foundation also loans out some of its works to many different venues and exhibition spaces all over the globe including the likes of Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Visit The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation Collection

The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation exhibits much of its permanent collection at the Art House gallery in Santa Fe, but also has an exhibition space in Chicago too. Here's all you need to know:

- Santa Fe - The Art House Santa Fe is situated at 231 Delgado Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501. You can get in touch with this gallery by calling 505 995 0231, and the Art House is open to the public from 10am to 5pm on Wednesday - Saturday of each week. The gallery is fully free to attend and the works on display rotate on a seasonal basis. You'll find a great range of digital art here, and the Art House is actually the only digital art collection space open to the public in the entire Southwest.

- Chicago - Over in Chicago, anyone wishing to enjoy works from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation collection will need to visit Orange Door Chicago, which can be contacted by telephone at 312 254 3360. Exhibitions at this space change on an annual basis and the space is open by appointment only, well-suited to school groups and curators. website