Originals

About the Artist

Education: Virginia Commonwealth University,
Richmond, Va., B.F.A. 1974

Thomas currently lives in Herndon, Virginia


In my pictures I express opinions, feelings or observations of our external and internal worlds. These can include satirizing conditions which affect daily life such as rampant technology, the manipulation and distortion of information, or the challenge of trying to preserve body and mind while simply traveling. At other times they may be depictions of the self-examination and inner conflicts which are often part of our journey through life. My concern is with expressing the mental image, thought, or feeling. The physical properties of the paint are a means to achieve this, and the exploration of these properties is a collateral activity rather than a goal in itself. The buzzwords of composition, tension, subtle nuances, and push-pull dynamics continue to puzzle me. I keep painting until it looks right.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2002 “Open Exhibition 2002,” Arts Council of Fairfax County, Fairfax, Virginia.
Juror: Stacey Schmidt, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art,
Washington, D.C.

2000 “The Red Clay Survey” biennial exhibition, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama.
Juror: Benny Andrews, artist, teacher, arts activist, New York

“Open Exhibition 2000,” Arts Council of Fairfax County, Fairfax, Virginia.
Juror: Virginia M. Mecklenburg, Senior Curator, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.

1999 “71st Annual Juried Exhibition 1999,” Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Juror: Fereshteh Daftari, Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1998 “Open Exhibition 1998,” Arts Council of Fairfax County, Fairfax, Virginia.
Juror: J. Carter Brown, Director Emeritus, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

“Commonwealth Collects 1998,” Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach. Invitational.
Curator: Carla Hanzal

1997 “Open Exhibition 1997,” Arts Council of Fairfax County, Fairfax, Virginia.
Juror: Susan Fisher Sterling, Chief Curator, National Museum of Women in the Arts,
Washington, D.C.

“Northern National Juried Art Competition,” Nicolet College, Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
Juror: Philip Pearlstein, artist.

1996 “Annual Juried Exhibition,” The Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Virginia.
Juror: Sondra Freckelton, artist.

“Northern National Juried Art Competition,” Nicolet College, Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
Juror: James M. Auer, art critic, author, playwright, producer.

“Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts-Images ’96,” Pennsylvania State University.
Juror: Helen Frederick, artist.

“Florida National 1996,” Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.
Jurors: Allys Pallidino-Craig, Director, FSU Museum of Fine Arts; Roald Nasgaard, Chair,
FSU Studio Art Dept.; Mario Laplante, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, FSU Studio Art Dept.

“Texas National ’96,” Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas.
Juror: Faith Ringgold, artist and Professor of Art, University of California, San Diego.

1995-96 “Fool The Eye, Fool The Mind,” The Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke. Invitational.
Curator: Mark Scala, Director of Education and Curator of Contemporary Art.

1995 “Virginia Commission for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship Recipients,” Peninsula Fine Arts Center,
Newport News, Virginia. Invitational. Curator: Deborah McLeod.

“Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition,” Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, Virginia.
Jurors: Chris Addison and Sylvia Ripley, Directors, Addison/Ripley Gallery, Washington, D.C.

“Texas National ’95,” Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas.
Juror: Leon Golub, artist.

“Annual Juried Exhibition 1995,” Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia.
Juror: David A. Ross, Director, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

1994 “Open Exhibition 1994,” Arts Council of Fairfax County, Fairfax, Virginia.
Juror: Leslie Exton, Chairman, Department of Drawing and Painting,
The Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C.

“Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition,” Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, Virginia.
Juror: George Hemphill, Director, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington.

“BAUhouse Emerging Artists’ Multi-media Survey,” Howard County, Maryland.
Jurors: David Tannous, Independent Curator/Art critic; Peter Dubeau, Assistant Director,
School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD; Pat A. Creswell, Independent Curator/Executive Director,
The BAUhouse, Baltimore.

“Eye To Eye: The Painted Portrait,” Prince Georges County, Maryland.
Juror: Robert Stewart, Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, The National Portrait Gallery,
Smithsonian Institution, Washington.

1993 “Cheekwood National Contemporary Painting Competition,” Cheekwood Museum of Art,
Nashville, TN. Jurors: Charles Moffett, Director, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.,
and Bonnie Earls-Solari, Curator, The Bank of America Collection, San Francisco.

“Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition,” Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston.
Juror: Jeremy Strick, Curator of Modern Art, St. Louis Art Museum.

1992 “Art Maryland ‘92,” Howard County Arts Council, Ellicott City, Maryland.
Jurors: David C. Levy, Director and President, The Corcoran Gallery, and Samuel Hoi, Dean,
The Corcoran School of Art, Washington.

“Annual Juried Exhibition,” The Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Virginia.
Juror: Neal Benezra, Chief Curator, Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington.

“Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition,” Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston.
Juror: Samuel Hoi, Dean, The Corcoran School of Art.

“Open Exhibition 1992,” Fairfax County Council of the Arts, Fairfax, Virginia.
Juror: Judith Zilczer, Curator of Painting, Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington.

1991-92 Group shows, The Mickelson Gallery, Washington.

1991 “Painting ‘91,” Arlington Art Center, Arlington, Virginia.
Juror: Susana Torrella Leval, Chief Curator, El Museo del Barrio, NYC.

1990 “New Talent - Painting,” Art Barn Gallery, Washington. Juried.
Juror: Chris Addison, Director, Addison-Ripley Gallery, Washington.

“Open Exhibition 1990,” Fairfax County Council of the Arts, Fairfax, Virginia.
Juror: Philip Brookman, Director, Washington Project for the Arts.

Collections

Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio

U.S. Navy Museum, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Air Force Art Collection, Washington, D.C.

Norton Dodge Collection

Private collections

Awards and Honors

Second Prize, Oils and Acrylics, “71st Annual Juried Exhibition 1999,” Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Juror: Fereshteh Daftari, Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Honorable Mention, “Open Exhibition 1998,” Arts Council of Fairfax County, Fairfax, Virginia.
Juror: J. Carter Brown, Director Emeritus, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Honorable Mention, “Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts-Images ’96,” Pennsylvania State University. Juror: Helen Frederick, artist

Fellowship. Virginia Commission for the Arts, 1994

Best in Show, “Open Exhibition 1994,” Arts Council of Fairfax County, Fairfax, Virginia. Juror: Leslie Exton, Chairman, Department of Drawing and Painting, The Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C.

Publications

The Red Clay Survey Catalog, Huntsville Museum of Art, 2000

Images ’96 Catalog, Pennsylvania State University, 1996

Texas National ’96 Catalog, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacagdoches, TX, 1996

Florida National Catalog, Florida State University, FL, 1996

Texas National ‘95 Catalog, Stephen F. Austin University, 1995

Rich Daly, “Work of Herndon Artist on View at Government Center,” The Herndon Times, August 6, 1997

Madeleine Burka, “Herndon Artist Speaks Softly, But Works Carry Strong Image,” The Herndon Times,
January 4, 1995

“Herndon Artist Wins Award in Fairfax County Exhibition,” The Observer, December 16, 1994

Steven Zevitas, Editor, New American Paintings Number Two, The Open Studios Press, Needham, MA, 1994

Kara Urbanski, “Herndon Artist Tom Segars: Brushes with controversy,” The Connection, August 10, 1994

John Dorsey, “Not all artists have made their case in juried exhibit,” The Baltimore Sun, June 23, 1994 (review)

Cheekwood National Contemporary Painting Competition Catalog, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville,
Tennessee, 1993

John Dorsey, “Howard show: Solid, tame and funny,” The Baltimore Sun, November 30, 1992 (review)

“Juried show at GRACE attracts 200,” The Connection, June 3, 1992

Christine Andreae, “Mapplethorpe’s Skewed Shadow: What Is In the Eye of the Beholder?,” Virginia Country,
Spring 1991.

Robert Haskins, “Uncensored Visions,” The Baltimore Sun, September 12, 1990 (review)

Linell Smith, “Censored Art,” The Baltimore Sun, September 6, 1990

Lorraine Woellert, “Courthouse Art Faces Tough Jury,” The Journal, April 10, 1990

Deneen L. Brown, “Uproar in the Court,” The Washington Post, March 20, 1990

Kerry Dougherty, “Artist’s Drawing of Unitas In Football Hall of Fame,” The Washington Post, August 2, 1979

Radio/Television

1990 WRC, Washington, D.C., “The Mark Williams Show” (radio)

1990 WETA, Washington, D.C., “Around Town” (TV)