Patricia Renee Thomas wearing a brown blouse standing in front of a white wall with the edge of a painting on one border

Fine Arts (BFA)

Patricia Renee’ Thomas is currently an oil painting and drawing instructor at University of Pennsylvania, University of the Arts, and Tyler School of Art and Architecture.


Thomas is a Philadelphia-based painter, drawer and art educator with a BFA from Tyler School of Art and Architecture and a MFA from University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. She has shown in cities all over the U.S.; has had solo exhibitions on both coasts; and has been exhibited in the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit, the Delaware Contemporary Museum in Wilmington and the Colored Girls Museum in Philadelphia.


  • Thomas is an instructor at

    • University of the Arts,

    • University of Pennsylvania and 

    • Temple University,

  • and has held workshops at

    • Berkeley Art Center, California and 

    • Philadelphia Museum of Art.

  • She has participated in the following panels. 

    • CPOCC Tyler School of Art Panel, 2021

    • 17th Annual Betsy Meyer Exhibition Panel, 2021

    • Visiting Instructor on Horace Pippen, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2020

    • Barnes Foundation panelist, “On Representation,” 2018

    • Visiting artist lecturer, Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania, 2018

Visit Patricia Renee’ Thomas’ website.

Awards & Accolades

Thomas has been recognized with numerous honors and awards.

  • Extended Studio Teaching Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania 2021

  • Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship Recipient, 2021

  • Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art Recipient, 2021

  • Discretionary Grant Recipient, University of Pennsylvania, 2020

  • 40th Street Artist in Residence, West Philadelphia, 2018–2019

  • The Barnes Foundation LCP Top 20 in Show, 2018

  • Art Sanctuary Philadelphia Teaching Artist in Residence, 2018

  • Jasper Studios Artist in Residence 2018, Philadelphia

  • Tyler School of Art Commencement speaker, 2017

A painting of a field of green with a woman's head and hands emerging from the center and a white plastic bag emblazoned with a heart toward the bottom of the work
Patricia Renee’ Thomas, “Labyrinth”
A painting of two people seated outside with popcorn on their laps next to another human subject covered in green vines and a multicolored beach ball and their shadows on a boardwalk behind them
Patricia Renee’ Thomas, “Boardwalk”