LISA MARIE THALHAMMER is known for her striking and powerful paintings, collages and public artworks that use portraiture, symbolism, color and shape to explore interconnectivity, raise consciousness and communicate uplifting messages. A longtime community activist, Thalhammer’s work frequently represents women in positions of power and hope. She exhibits fine artwork and paints large-scale public art murals in Washington, D.C., where she lives and works, in addition to other locations nationally and internationally. Thalhammer’s new mural “LOVE” has been shared by notable women such as Chelsea Clinton, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and Lady Gaga. Thalhammer’s work has been featured in numerous publications including the covers of the Washington Post Magazine, Washington Blade, Dubois County Herald and New York Times Style section.
Lisa Marie Thalhammer has received numerous grants from the D.C. Commission on the Art and Humanities. With this support she uses art as a tool to create positive social and economic change in the District of Colombia. After Thalhammer painted her first public mural “Boxer Girl,” the DC Metropolitan Police reported that crime decreased by 55% where the work was installed. Thalhammer co-founded DC Alley Museum in Washington DC’s Blagden Alley with fellow artist Bill Warrell, where commissioned public paintings by DC artists transformed the location into an outdoor museum. The project was featured in the Washington Post’s Best Of 2015 New Years Day edition and continues to grow. Most recently, Thalhammer painted the mural “She Persists” outside of Open Arms Housing, which provides permanent homes for women who were formerly homeless and is located directly across the street from the O Street Artist Studios where she lives, works and hosts community-based open studio events annually.
Thalhammer is an accomplished fine artist whose paintings, drawings and collages have appeared in galleries and exhibitions across the nation and abroad. In 2013, The Washington Blade nominated Thalhammer Best Visual Artist. In Thalhammer’s paintings, striking eyes, expressive hands and angular limbs illustrate empowered figures, while “color networks” interlace shape and hue creating a beautiful interweaving of geometric shapes that conceptually reference Thalhammer’s belief in interconnectedness and subtle energy. Her collages assemble body parts from men’s interests and fashion magazines to create “lizard” creatures, which are then enthroned in fantasy landscapes inspired by the cosmos, memories of travel and her upbringing in middle America.
EARLY LIFE & EDUCATION
Lisa Marie Thalhammer was born and raised outside St. Louis, where her family operated a truck stop that she worked at from an early age. After graduating with honors from an all-girl Catholic high school, she attended an early college residency at the Art Institute of Chicago before attending the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Thalhammer received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with a Women’s Studies Minor and Art History Concentration and received numerous awards including the Jacobs Prize, Hollander Family Foundation Award, Amsden Award, Daniel Macmorris Scholarship, Academic Support Scholarships and Warner Ferguson Service Scholarship.
Thalhammer first came to DC with the encouragement of her cousin, furniture designer Keith Fritz, and began her career managing a visual art gallery owned by James Alefantis, proprietor of Comet Ping Pong. She then worked for Arlington Cultural Affairs and later Arlington Economic Development to open Artisphere, where she directed education and worked closely with fellow artists Cynthia Connolly and Ryan Holladay to curate programming. Thalhammer also managed programs for Transformer, a visual art non-profit which serves as a catalyst and advocate for emergent expression in the visual arts, and co-founded Girls Rock! DC, a music education camp for girls. After taking a sabbatical in Lima, Peru and hiking the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world, she dedicated herself completely to her artistic studio practice and the creation of public art murals.
PURPOSE & MISSION
A passionate world traveler, Lisa Marie Thalhammer has exhibited work in places such as Vienna, Austria; Detroit; Brooklyn, New York; Asbury Park, New Jersey; Lawrence, Kansas; Ferdinand, Indiana; St. Louis; Los Angeles; and Miami, in addition to the District of Colombia. She is a public speaker who works to activate fellow artists and encourage the empowerment of peoples. She continues to study under philosopher, yogi and author Hari-Kirtana Das and teaches yoga regularly.
Lisa Marie Thalhammer intends her work to be socio-political and creates art for a variety of public demonstrations. She is a long time member of and advocate for the LGBTQ community and protested the Smithsonian’s censorship of the artwork “Fire In My Belly” by David Wojnarowicz from the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Hide/Seek. This protest and her art was pictured in the New York Times. More recently she collaborated with the Women’s March On Washington to create parachute paintings to activate the march with art. Thalhammer’s parachute “Strong Women LOVE” was photographed and highlighted as a Washington Post homepage headlining image during the 2017 presidential inauguration weekend.
Selected Media Recognition
• East City Art: “Root Systems: An interview with Lisa Marie Thalhammer” by Jay Hendrick, March 27
• ABC 7 WJLA Washington DC: “Preview of East City Art’s Emulsion Exhibition” by Good Morning Washington, March 2, minute 4:15
• East City Art: “EMULSION 2017 ARTISTS N-Y” by Editorial Team, Feb 24
• East City Art: “East City Artnotes: Us+Them=U.S. at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery” by Eric Hope, Feb 15
• BMore Art: “US + THEM = U.S.” by Mike Iacovone, Feb 9
• Washignton Blade: “Most Eligible Singles: Lisa Marie Thalhammer” by staff reports, Feb 7
• Vimeo: “Welcome To Your First Day” by Joel Woodman, Jan 27
• The Washington Post: “A Divided Nation Meets: Scenes from Inauguration Weekend” by Kim Soffe, Kevin Uhrmacher and Samuel Granados, Jan 22
• Brightest Young Things: “Photos: Parachute Painting for the Women’s March on Washington” by Shauna Alexander, Jan 23
• Adweek: “For One Agency, the Women’s March Brought Together Employees Like Never Be-
fore” by Kate Richards, Jan 23
• Rare: Inside the warehouse where the Women’s March prepares for their moment on the
streets” by Alex Thomas, Jan 20
• Dubois County Free Press: “Renowned muralist brings Ferdinand the Bull to Ferdinand” by Matthew Crane, November 16
• The Dubois County Herald: “Bullish On The Mural” by Sarah Ann Jump, November 15, cover
• News Channel 18 WJTS: “Evening News” by Prisma Lopez-Marin, November 14, minute
3:35 – 7:03
• The Dubois County Herald: “Mural will depict town’s adopted mascot” by Sam Stites, November 2, pg 1 & 24
• Ferdinand News: “Ferdinand the Bull Soon To Become a Permanent Fixture” by Kathy Tretter, November 2, pg 1 & A11
• Washington City Paper: “End of an Alley” by Matt Cohen, Oct 20
• Ferdinand News: “Ferdinand Town Council: Public Art a Go At 1440 Main Street” by Kathy Tretter, September 14, pg 11
• East City Art: “Lisa Marie Thalhammer Unveils ‘Women In Politics’ Mural” by Editorial Team, June 13
• The Washington Post: “Best of 2015: Monuments, but not for the immortals” by Mark Jenk- ins, Dec 29
• East City Art: “Unveiling of Shaw’s Outdoor Museum” by Phil Hutinet, Nov 5
• Washington City Paper “Arts Roundup: Alley Cry Edition, The D.C. Alley Museum Opens In Blagden Alley” by Matt Cohen, Oct 30
• The Washington Post Magazine Home & Design Issue Cover Image & Feature: “Artist Lofts; Where Talent Has Room To Bloom” by Maura Judkis, Mike Morgan, Sept 25
• The Washington Post: “Museums” by Mark Jenkins, Feb 14
• East City Art: “Reviews: Lisa Marie Thalhammer’s Intimate Network at The Fridge” by Eric Hope, Feb 13
• East City Art: “The Fridge Presents Lisa Marie Thalhammer’s Intimate Network” by Editorial Team, Jan 29
• The New York Times: “Wounded In Crossfire Of a Capital Culture War” (pictured in Style sec- tion cover print edition) by Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Kate Taylor, April 3
• The Washington Post: “Sheila Crider and Lisa Marie Thalhammer create a mural, ‘Butterfly Speeches’” by Jacqueline Trescott, Aug 25 2009
• The Washington Post “Sweet Sixteen: Churning through D.C’s Studios to find the Cream” by Jessica Dawson, Dec 18
• ARTNET NEWS: “Public Murals, Public Controversy” Oct 22
• NSNBC Washington “Boxer Girl Ready for a Fight” by Michael Flynn, Oct 20
• DCist: “‘Boxer Girl’ Controversy Just Won’t Die” by Sommer Mathis, Oct 19
• Washington City Paper: “‘Ghetto’: Just What Do You Mean by That?” by Erika Niedowski, Aug 27
• Washington City Paper: “Boxer Girl Controversy Continues!” by Ruth Samuelson, July 9
• Greater Greater Washington: “When a ‘ghetto’ is not a ‘ghetto’” by Lynda Laughlin, June 16
• The Washignton Examiner: “Artists Talking Art: Lisa Marie Thalhammer on Simone Leigh” by Chris Klimek, Feb 10
• The U.S. News & World Report: “Barack Obama as Honest Abe” by Maura Judkis, Feb 5 2008
• Washington Blade “Local Life: 30 Under 30” feature and cover photo by Henry Linser, June 13
• Washington City Paper: “Trucker Up” by Joe Eaton, June 14
• The Washington Post: “Dark Displays of the American Dream” by Jessica Dawson, June 9
Intimate Network. The Fridge: Washington, DC
Lizards Live. The Butcher’s Daughter Contemporary Art: Washington, DC
Welcome to Lizard County. G Fine Art: Washington, DC
Fully Loaded. Studio One Eight: Washington, DC
Stop Looking. University of Kansas Union Gallery: Lawrence, KS
Selected Group Exhibitions
Us +Us + Them = U.S. Finding Ground in a Divided Nation: Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts
Gallery, Washington, DC
EMULSION—The Fourth Annual East City Art Regional Juried Show: PEPCO Edison
Place Gallery, Washington, DC
CrossLines: Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, Washington, DC
Sites of Exchange: Local & Global: Clifford & Chance, Washington, DC
Black Lives White Light: Recreative Spaces, Washington, DC
Ephemeral: Olly Olly: Fairfax, VA
Demand Solutions: Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC
Promised Land. Transformer: Asbury park, NJ
Cash, Cans & Candy. Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Austria
Blended. Albus Cavus: Washington, DC
Call+ Response. Hamiltonian Gallery: Washington, DC
Manifest Equality. Los Angeles, CA
Cream. Curated by Mera Rubell. Washington Project for the Arts at American University’s Katzen Arts Center: Washington, DC
No Soul for Sale: A Festival of Independents. X Initiative: New York City, NY
Postcards From the Heartland (How I learned to stop worrying and love the RED state). Curated by Paul Ha, Director, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Art Production Fund Lab: New York City, NY
Lifeguard: Lisa Marie + Decoy. The Pink Line Project: Washington, DC
Manifest Hope: DC. Organized by Shepard Fairey and MoveOn.org during President Obama’s inauguration: Washington, DC
Younity Heart & Soul. Alphabeta: Brooklyn, NY
Time Machine. Curated by Amelia Winger-Bearskin for the Perpetual Art Mechine [PAM],
Meat Market: Washington, DC
Paper Trail. Heineman Myers, Transformer’s Flat File Program: Bethesda, MD
DCCAH Fellowship Show. American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center: Washington, DC
5th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party. Halcon House: Washington, DC
Flatmates. Arlington Arts Center: Arlington, VA
Wall/paper. Transformer: Washington, DC
Aqua Art Miami Beach. exhibited with Project 4, Aqua Hotel: Miami Beach, FL
SASS. Transformer: Washington, DC
4th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party. Halcon House: Washington, DC
ANONYMOUS III. Washington Project for the Arts Corcoran & Flashpiont Gallery: Washington, DC
ArtDC. exhibited with Transformer: Washington, DC
Don’t Fear for the Future Sweetness. curated by SunTek Chung, Gallery 5: Richmond, VA
PULSE Art Fair. exhibited with G Fine Art: New York City, NY
Primed: Washington Projects for the Arts\Corcoran 2007 Annual Art Auction & Gala. Corcoran Gallery of Art: Washington, DC
E3: Exercises for Emerging Artists. Transformer: Washington, DC
3rd Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party, Edison Place Gallery: Washington, DC
Art of War. Studio One Eight: Washington, DC
NoMa Open Studios. O Street Artist Studios: Washington, DC
Venus Envy. Southside National Bank Building: St. Louis, MO
Janus Two. Art Coop: St. Louis, MO
Eros Rising. Art Coop: St. Louis, MO
Installation Annual, A & D Gallery: Lawrence, KS
Murals & Public Commissions
• “She Persists” Open Arms Housing: Montana spray paint on 30’ x 30’ cement and brick
wall. Located at 57 O Street NW, Washington DC 20001. Supported in part by the DC Com-
mission on the Arts and Humanities, Public Art Building Communities program.
• “LOVE” DC Alley Museum: Montana spray paint on steel garage gates. Located in Blagden
Alley, 926 N Street Rear, Washington DC 20005. Supported in part by the D.C. Commission
on the Arts and Humanities, Public Art Building Communities program.
• “LOVE” Capital Pride Parade: Banners and performance on WV vintage green truck. Sup-
ported by DC Brau & Uncle Chips Cookies.
• “Strong Women LOVE” Women’s March on Washington: acrylic on 24-foot diameter vinyl
parachute carried by the march volunteer participants. Supported by the Women’s March on
Washington in collaboration with Task Force.
• “Ferdinand the Bull”, Ferdinand Antique Emporium: oil and spray enamel on 25’ x 55’
concrete brick wall. Located at 1440 Main Street, Ferdinand, Indiana. Supported in part by the Dubois County Community Foundation, Town of Ferdinand Indiana, Muller True Value Hardware, Ferdinand Farmer’s Insurance Group, Keith Fritz and other individuals.
• ”Color Energy” OSLO Mural for DITTO Residential, spray enamel on 40’x60’ siding panel wall. Located at1219 REAR Florida Ave, N.E., Washington, D.C.
• “World Vision Children’s Wall “ Ferdinand Folk Festival: chalk on board, educational en- gagement. Located at 18th Street Park, Ferdinand, Indiana.
• “Music Festival Tent Walls” Capital Fringe, painted in collaboration with Fringe Festival volunteers for the 2016 summer festival.
• “LOVE” Capital Pride Parade: Banners and performance on truck with trailer. Supported by Transformer & Absolute Vodka.
• “Meditation” DC Alley Museum, aerosol spray paint on 170” x 85” steel gate. Located in
Blagden Alley, 926 N Street Rear NW Washington DC. Supported in part by the DC Commis-
sion on the Arts and Humanities, Public Art Building Communities program.
• “Women in Politics”, Local 16 Mural: aerosol spray paint on brick, 25×10 foot wall located
at 1604 U Street NW on the roof deck bar. 2013
• “Eyes Open” Cash Cans & Candy: aerosol spray paint on 12’x24’ stonewall. Located in Vi- enna, Austria, Supported in part by Galerie Ernst Hilger.
• “Affirming the Female Gaze” Women History Month. Co-created with other DC women
artists, spray paint on brick. Located at 73 Florida Ave, NW, Washington, DC. Created with
Albus Cavus for Women’s History Month. 2010
• “Butterfly Speeches” DC Convention Center: collaboration with Sheila Crider, temporary installation of oil based sign paint on back of two 8’x21’ store windows. Supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
• “Boxer Girl”, aerosol spray paint and oil based One Shot sign paints on brick, 32’x14’, locat-
ed at 73 W Street N.W. Washington, D.C. Supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Public Art Building Communities Program.
Public Speaking & Workshops
• Yoga for Empowerment and Creativity during the Women of the Wild retreat, With Love DC,
October 7 in Abrams Creek West Virginia
• Art is in the heART eulogy for Cassidy Karakorn at Human Rights Campaign in Washington
DC, September 2.
• Thing I Love/d presented by Creative Time at Dock 5 Union Market, Washington DC July 28 –
• Art & Activism Panel Discussion at the Washington Zine Festival, located at Saint
Stephens’s Church, July 17.
• Yoga for Rejuvenation Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, July 12
• Public art Inspirations Open Arms Mural Announcement Beautification Day Pot-Luck, at
House of Lebanon, Earth Day Celebration, April 22.
• Art & Activism Panel Discussion organized by Matt Cohen of the Washington City Paper at
the Martin Luther King, January.
Awards & Honors
• Fellowship Award: D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
• Public Art Building Communities for Open Arms Housing mural project: D.C. Commis-
sion on the Arts and Humanities
• Community Grant for “Ferdinand the Bull”: Dubois County Community Foundation
• Runner-up Best Visual Artist: Washington Blade “Best of Gay D.C. 2013: People”
• Ponies Choice Award Best Visual Artist: Brightest Young Things
• Young Artist Program: D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
• Public Art Building Communities funding “Boxer Girl”: D.C. Commission on the Arts and
• Young Artist Program: D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
• Young Artist Program: D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
• Small Projects Program: D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
• Jacobs Prize: University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
• Hollander Family Foundation Award: University of Kansas: Lawrence, KS.
• Amsden Award: University of Kansas: Lawrence, KS.
• Daniel Macmorris Scholarship: University of Kansas: Lawrence, KS.
• Academic Support Scholarship: KU Memorial Corporation: Lawrence, KS (awarded twice), • Warner Ferguson Service Scholarship: KU Memorial Corporation: Lawrence, KS.
• Best All Round Senior: St. Joseph’s Academy, Class of 1999: St. Louis, MO.
• Class 1 Girls Team Tennis State Championship: St. Joseph’s Academy: St. Louis, MO. 1997
EDUCATION, RESIDENCIES & TRAININGS
• Transformer Siren Arts Residency: Asbury Park, NJ
• 200-hour RYS Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor: Buddha B Yoga Center, Washington, DC
• Transformer Promised Land Residency: Asbury Park, NJ
• Sabbatical Galeria Cecilia Gonzalez: Barranco, Lima, Peru
• Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors, Women Studies Minor, Art History Concentration: University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
• Study Abroad Program: Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, England
• High School Graduate with Honors: St. Joseph’s Academy, St. Louis, MO
• Summer Institute Residency Program: Art Institute of Chicago, IL