Thomas Chimes

Life Dates

In the early 1940s, Chimes enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, but his studies were interrupted by his service in the United States Air Force in the years of World War II. After the war, he studied philosophy at Columbia University and enrolled in the painting and sculpture program at the Art Students League in New York. Upon moving back to Philadelphia in 1953, he received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, which enabled him to develop his practice. Chimes’s work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and many others.

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