C. David Thomas, Hon. DFA




Special Honors

Exhibitions Curated/Artist's Books Published


Permanent Collection (selected list)

Graphic Design Work (selected list)

Grants (selected list)

Professional Memberships (selected list)

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, M.F.A. 1974
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 5th Year Certificate 1973
Tufts University, Medford, MA, B.F.A, 1973
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Diploma 1971-1973
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, Diploma 1964-1968

Lasell College, Newton, MA 2014-16
Massachusetts College of Art 2001-2011
Emmanuel College, Boston, MA, Professor of Studio Art 1976-2001
Hanoi Fine Arts University, Hanoi, Vietnam 2002-2003
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam 2001-2003

U.S. Army (Corps of Engineers, Pleiku, South Vietnam, (1969-70) 1968-71

Founder and Director of the Indochina Arts Partnership, 1987-2019. The lAP is a non-profit corporation begun in 1988, with the goal to promote through cultural exchanges reconciliation between the United States and the countries of Indochina. It is now affiliated with the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, MA.

Founding member of Gallery NAGA, Newbury Street, Boston, MA 1975 Gallery NAGA was the first
artist's cooperative gallery in Boston

Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Maine College of Art 2016
President, The Boston Printmakers 2007-09
RISD Alumni Award for Leadership and Service 2003
Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant to Vietnam 2002-03
Vietnam Art Medal 1998, (First foreigner to receive highest art honor given in Vietnam)
Faculty Excellence Award, Emmanuel College 1997
Nominated for the Vietnam Peace Prize 1996

Concept and design AGENT ORANGE An American Legacy in Vietnam, 2015. The focus of this artist's book is the dioxin contaminated defoliant Agent Orange used extensively in Vietnam. The book documents the effects on both American soldiers and Vietnamese military and civilian populations and includes artwork done by both American and Vietnamese artists.

Concept and design for POSTAGE DUE - Forever Stamps, 2011. This artist's book contains twelve sets of stamps that can not be found on US Postal Service stamps, These include, among others, Vietnam's leader Ho Chi Minh working with U.S, soldiers during  WWII, images of former American POWs drawn by North Vietnamese soldier/artists, images of agent orange deformed children, images of the My Lai massacre, images of a badly burned young girl running from her village, and images of the two atomic bombs which were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. 

Concept and design for HO CHI MINH, A Portrait - This trade book was published in English and Vietnamese by Thanh Nien (Youth) Publishing House in Hanoi. The text was written by Lady (Adelaide) Borton. The book is largely a picture book of the story of Ho Chi Minh's life and times and Vietnamese art and literature, The book was recognized as one of the two best books published in Vietnam in 2003.

Concept & Design for An Artist's Portrait of HO CHI MINH. This artist's book contains 116 pages of Images and text (approximately 58 of each) including a fictional diary by Ho based on actual events which occurred during his lifetime The diary and factual information were written by Charles Fenn, Ho Chi Minh's biographer and the man who worked with Ho while in the OSS during WWII.

Concept and Design for VO NGUYEN GAP - A Portrait, 2011.

"As Seen by Both Sides, American and Vietnamese Artists Look at the War." This fist major Cultural
exchange between the US and Vietnam since the end of the wat in 1975, opened in Boston in 1990 and traveled to  fifteen US, and three Vietnamese museums until closing in 1998. The exhibition contained twenty artists from each country.

Curator and concept for "Seven Pillars: The National Treasure Artists of Vietnam. This exhibition contained several of Vietnam's leading artists.

Curator for "An Ocean Apart: Contemporary Vietnamese Art from the United States and Vietnam."
An exhibition of contemporary art work by Vietnamese and Vietnamese/American Artists. Organized
for Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, UCLA, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, DeCordova Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Yale University, Harvard University, Cornell University, Brown University, Boston Public Library, New York Public Library, National Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam, RISD Museum, Federal Reserve Bank, Boston, US,  Army Headquarters, Washington, Brooklyn Museum, Swathmore College, Wellesley College, Library of Congress, Boston Athenaeum, University of Chicago, Columbia University.

Designer for Huynh Phuong Dong: Visions of War and Peace. Responsible for all aspects of design
for 200 page bilingual book about Ho Chi Minh City artist Huynh Phuong Dong, Designer and artist
for exhibition titled *HO CHI MINH."

Designer for Cultural Window Magazine at The Gioi Publishers, Hanoi, Vietnam. Responsible for
complete redesign of the magazine.

Designer for series of books published by U.S. Embassy, Hanoi, Vietnam

Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant to Vietnam
Rockefeller Foundation Grant
Ford Foundation Grant
Asian Cultural Council Grant
National Endowment for the Arts Travel Grant
Smithsonian Institution Grant
Kellogq Foundation, Expert-in-Residence, Battle Creek, MI
Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation Grant
Beyond War Regional Award, Newton, MA
Arts Lottery Grant, Newton, MA
Massachusetts Artists Fellowship, Finalist

The Boston Printmakers Executive Board 1976-2018, President 2010-2012
Gallery NAGA Executive Board
Gallery NAGA Executive Board Chairman
Maine College of Art, Trustee
Veterans For Peace (Hanoi Chapter 160)

This forty-minute piece done by Vietnam Television's VTV4 "Talk Vietnam" paints a good picture of David's past thirty years of building art and educational exchange programs between the United States and Vietnam.