Thornton Dial was born in 1928 in Emelle, AL. He has been the subject of various solo exhibitions, including at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY; American Center, Paris, France (1993); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (2005); and High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA (2016). Dial has also participated in many group exhibitions, including The Hirshhorn Collects: Recent Acquisitions 1992-1996, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (1997); Social Geographies: Interpreting Space and Place, Asheville Museum of Art, Asheville, NC (2015); Revelations: Art From the African American South, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA (2017); Home is a Foreign Place: Recent Acquisitions in Context, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (2019); and Called To Create: Black Artists of the American South, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2023). Dial died in 2016 in McCalla, AL.
Bio updated as of 2023.