(Detroit, Michigan) – Artist, Educator [inducted 2014]
Beverly Adams Thomas, is best described as a noteworthy participant in the fields of music and the visual arts. Ms. Thomas resides in Detroit, Michigan. She received a B.S. in music Education, an M.A. in music in organ performance from Wayne State University, and pursued course work toward her Ph.D. in Educational Administration. Ms. Thomas was an educator in Detroit Public Schools and as an administrator rose to the position of an Assistant Principal, achieved as an Intercultural Coordinator, and then was appointed Principal of the award winning Renaissance High School. She performed with distinction as Department Head of Fine Arts and Foreign Language at Mumford High School. She is now retired. For many years she served as Minister of Music at Methodist and Baptist churches. Her service on Executive Boards and Boards of Directors of various national organizations has been exemplary. She is a Golden Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Currently, Ms. Thomas is enjoying popularity as a professional artist, exhibiting her paintings throughout this country, South Africa, Namibia and Canada. She has traveled extensively in South Africa where her talent as a visual artist excelled. The sale of prints from her original paintings helped establish The Beverly Thomas Scholarship Trust in South Africa. In 2010, she reestablished the Beverly Thomas Fine Arts Institute at Camp Baber in Michigan, which enrolls more than one hundred talented students annually. The summer arts program is her vision. She is a multidisciplinary artist who has established herself as an educator, performing artist and visual artist. She continues to perform as organist, choral director, and artist. As a role model, she has mentored and encouraged countless children and adults to develop the gift within them to the fullest degree possible. She continues to encourage young artists by providing multiple performance opportunities and exposure to the fine arts.