Alma Woodsey Thomas was an African-American abstract painter and art educator. She is associated with the Washington Color School which was prominent in the 1950s and 60s. She is best known for her large, abstract paintings filled with dense, irregular patterns of bright colors. Her work was in part inspired by her garden, daily life and the U.S. space program.

Susan Rothenberg was an American contemporary painter who achieved a place of prominence through her iconic images of the horse.  Her use of figurative images in her paintings reinvigorated the art world in the 1970s and ’80s when abstract and conceptual art was more o fashionable and painting was thought to be dead.