Colleen McCulla-Thomas


Artist Bio 

Colleen McCulla-Thomas was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and resided in London before moving to Texas in the mid-1970s. Colleen has been a practicing mixed-media artist since 1982. She has a BFA in Sculpture from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and graduated with honors with a Masters' in Secondary Education from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.    

Colleen won best of the show in the 2015 “Seven State Biennial Exhibition” at Nesbitt Gallery, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha, Oklahoma with juror, James Surls. This award led to an invitation and a successful solo show in 2018 “Ladies in Waiting” at the same venue. Colleen has exhibited nationally and broadly in Texas.

Prior to Colleen’s current endeavors she worked as a carpenter and stone carver including but not limited to the gate entry at Old Oaks Ranch Road in Wimberley, Texas.

Colleen currently resides and works from her studio, in Martindale, Texas.

Artist Statement

My art reflects multilayered symbols that address current world issues while seeking spiritual meaning. It often entails a paradox of meanings, and how it can be both positive and negative at the same time, which brings balance and choice. It is environmental, political, feminist, and spiritual. It seeks to communicate with the entire being’s point of view as the work reveals itself to the viewer in their contemplations about its purpose.


The State of Sculpture, an All-Member Exhibition of the Texas Scu at The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas.

Juror: Johannah Hutchinson.

Splendora Gardens Invitational, Texas Sculpture Group at Splendora Gardens, Splendora, Texas

Sponsored by Ruby (executive director), Charmaine, and James Surls, with artistic director Alton Dulaney.

“Pop-up”; Texas Sculpture Group at Lone Star Studios, San Antonio, Texas.

Bill Fitz Gibbons Studio

Ladies in Waiting at Nesbitt Gallery, Chickasha, OK

“Profusion in the Void”, New works by the Texas Sculpture Group at Art Space 111, Fort Worth, Texas

“"Between Stillness and Motion: Twelve Texas Sculptors” at The Arts Center, College Station, Texas.

Juror: Alison de Lima Greene

the 8th Seven State Biennial – Juror: James Surls. at Traveling show see notes for details, Oklahoma

The show will open in USAO’s Nesbitt Gallery Sept. 26 and run through Nov. 4, after which it travels to the Charles B. Goddard Center in Ard

“Pop-up”; Texas Sculpture Group at Bill Fitz Gibbons Studio, San Antonio, Texas

Ladies in Waiting at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Exhibit, Austin, Texas

“A Panoramic View: Texas Sculpture Group” Juror: James Surls at Selected Works by Dr. Laura Petican, Galleries Dir, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

“A Panoramic View: Texas Sculpture Group” at Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas

Juror: James Surls

“17th International Open” at Woman Made Gallery, Chicago IL.

Juror: Mayra Greene

In Depth at Art Car Museum, Houston, Texas

Juror: Director Noah Edmunds
mentioned in the art review of the show in the paper

Scale a Gathering of Sculptors at Blue Star Gallery, San Antonio, TX

Juror: Philip King.

“Transformations,” at Coastal Bend College Fine Art Gallery, Beeville, Texas

Two-person show with Caprice Pierucci.