Thomas Downing (1928 – 1985) moved to Washington, DC, in the early 1950’s, subsequently studying with Kenneth Noland, the well-regarded Color School painter. Downing shared studio space with the artist Howard Mehring, and in 1964 was included by Clement Greenberg in an influential traveling exhibition, “Post-Painterly Abstraction”, alongside Noland, Mehring, and others. He taught at the Corcoran College of Art and Design for three years – ‘65 to ‘68 – where his students included Sam Gilliam. In 1975 he left DC for Provincetown, Massachusetts.
1960—Art from America’s Cities, Sept 20—Oct. 15
1960—Christmas Show, Dec. 13—Jan 7, 1961
1961—Winter ’61, Twentieth Century Gallery, Williamsburg, VA, Jan 9—Feb. 17
1961—Review and Preview, May 22—June 4
1968—Jefferson Place Ten Years, July 16–Aug. 7