Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas

Chris is a Chicago-based painter who has been teaching Fine Arts in Chicago Public Schools for nearly a decade and at the Evanston Art Center since 2016.  He uses comedy and art history as inspiration for his paintings, which are process-based and tend to have sculptural qualities.


  • Columbia College-Chicago - M.A. in Teaching, Art Education
  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago - B.F.A.


Oil and acrylic painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics


Exhibition highlights:

  • "Mail Art Show," Lawrence & Clark Gallery, Chicago, IL - 2018
  • "Year Two," Fowler Arts Collective, Brooklyn, NY - 2012
  • "An Exchange with Sol LeWitt," MASS Museum of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA - 2011
  • "Here/Not There: Club Nutz," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL - 2010
  • "Fever Dream," Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago, IL - 2010

Other interests and inspirations:

Chris is interested in film, travel and the culinary arts. He is inspired by current events and his paintings are heavily process-oriented.

Chris's teaching style:

Inquiry-based learning is the basis of his curriculum. His painting classes value contemporary artists and contemporary practices such as student/artist collaboration.

Chris loves EAC because . . .

It provides a professional art studio setting for young students which is rarely offered at this caliber in the public school setting.


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multicolored geometric painting