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educator , painter , sculptor

Mym Tuma, American sculptor, painter, educator. Certified art teacher New York, 1993. Harley J. Earl scholar, art and architect department Stanford University, 1963-1964. Member of National Museum Women in Arts (charter member), College Art Association.


Tuma, Mym was born on September 23, 1940 in Berwyn, Illinois, United States. Daughter of William Anthony Thuma and Mabel Otradovec Thuma.


Bachelor of Science, Northwestern University, 1959—1962. Master of Arts in painting and philosophy, Stanford University, 1963—1964. Post-graduate study under Esteban Vicente, New York University, 1964—1965.


After graduation, she experimented with three-dimensional works in her studio that she set up in Lake Chapala, Mexico. An exhibit of her work hung in Edens Gallery Nov. 6-30, 1987 during Columbia College’s “Georgia O'Keeffe Centennial Celebration.” Tuma first met O’Keeffe in 1964 and during the following decade the two artists discovered several common interests, including an enthusiasm for each other’s art.

This is shown from the various handwritten letters between Georgia O'Keeffe and Tuma which was found on OkeeffeAndMe.com A pastel exhibition curated by Henry Geldzahler, former Curator of 20th Century Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, hung at the Clayton Liberatore Gallery, Bridgehampton. In 1992 she lectured at the Brooklyn Museum. She works on the East End of Long Island, NY and some examples of her work are on display at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in Washington, DC. She has abstracted works on paper from oval, spherical, radial, branching and spiraling growth patterns found in nature.

Her art conveys an understanding of universal structures in living things and how the process of conserving energy creates order. In 2005, Tuma authored Radiant Energy, Light In My Pastel Paintings. The work is listed in Who’s Who In America 2006, her previous books include poetry in Awakening The Spirit, The Blue Planet Series, and essays on the creative process in The Shell Theory of the Sculptured Paintings, and O’Keeffe & Me: Abstracts of Our Letters.

Tuma’s emphasis on organic forms and their structural and mathematical underpinnings tie her to the artistic category of an organic minimalist. Her work is unique in the way she creates shaped forms that exist in three-dimensional space, namely what Tuma calls her sculptured painting. Her artistic approach, has been predominantly influenced by oceanic and coastal forms.

Forms such as beach pebbles, sand, sprouting seeds, and spiraling shell forms. Recently, Mym has been showing her artwork at the Lauren G shop in Sag Harbor and the Full Moon Art Gallery in East Moriches During 2005, Mym Tuma exhibited work in the Merchants Bank gallery in South Hero, Vermont. Invited by curator Jeannie Peterson, the exhibited featured painting was a calla lily in dark blue space, a stylized image tilting within a square representing ground zero.


  • Certified art teacher New York, 1993.


  • Other Work

    • Exhibitions include Canyon Road Art Gallery, Sante Fe, 1971, Clayton-Liberatore Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York, 1992, Merchants Bank, Southern Hero, Vermont, 2005, Madelle H. Semerjian Gallery, Rogers Memorial Library., 2006, Hampton Art Scene, Quogue Gallery, Quogue Library., New York, 2009.

      Artist (one-woman shows) Art League, La Grange, Illinois, 1987, Edens Gallery, Columbia College, 1987, (principal works) Pastel Drawings and Abstract Sculptured Paintings, (permanent collections) Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, Stanford Museum, Palo Alto, California. Author: Awakening the Spirit, 2001, The Shell Theory of the Sculptured Paintings, 2002, The Blue Planets, 2003, O'Keeffe & Me: Abstracts of Our Letters, 2004, Radiant Energy, 2005, God's Architecture: The Spiral-Sphere, 2009.


The stripes conjure up the memory of the twin towers from the view of them burning and later two memorial shafts of blue light.


Tuma is a charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and exhibits her unique synthesis of sculptured paintings.


William Anthony Thuma

Mabel Otradovec Thuma