Thomas Lucas

Artist Statement

“I started pulling prints for artists when I was an undergrad. Initially, I was all about getting the printing experience, but then it was more about the spirit of collaboration. Creating a new relationship is what it’s all about for me.”


Drawing, printmaking, painting and ceramics


The history of art, the connection art has to people and objects

Artful Networks: The collaboration between the printer and artist, the print studio as a place of experimentation, dialogue and community building


Thomas received his MFA with a Merit Scholarship from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received a BFA in Printmaking at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has taught at Tyler School of Art, The School of the Art Institute, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Anchor Graphics, The Museum of Contemporary Art,  Beacon St. Gallery, Gallery 37, and Penland School of Crafts. Thomas’s Visiting Artist Residencies include Penn State, University of  Notre Dame, Harold Washington College, The David Driskell Residency at EPI – Laffayette College, Easton Pennsylvania and SkopArt in Skopelos,Greece. His awards include 3 C.A.A.P Grants, Gibbs Foundation Project Grant and Dew Foundation.

Thomas was the former Visual Arts Chair at The Chicago Academy for the Arts and is now the Director of Printmaking at Lillstreet Art Center. He is also the Founder and Master Printer at Hummingbird Press also at Lillstreet Art Center.  As a Master Printer Thomas has published such artists as Kerry Marshall, William Conger, Richard Hunt, Willie Cole and Barbara Jones-Hogu to name a few.   His own artworks are included in various private and public collections, exhibits nationally and abroad.  Gallery repesentation by Lusenhop Fine Art and Nicole Gallery, Chicago.