Meet Thea

Since 2010, Thea uses the power of play in the galleries at the North Carolina Museum of Art.


Thea Fotiu Howell is an artist and educator whose tenacity relates to her sense of humor and a deep love of people.  A lifelong learner, Thea leads with a gregarious spirit, is active within the arts community, and has an arsenal of diverse experience made possible by her 20 year career in the arts. Thea earned a B.A. in Studio Arts from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She is a published poet and an award recipient from The Academy of American Poets. Her paintings have been exhibited in both New York and North Carolina. Thea is currently a contracted teaching artist with the North Carolina Museum of Art. In 2018 she launched Thea Fotiu Howell, The Artist's Concierge where she is a freelance  web designer, workshop leader, and content writer supporting creatives in business. 

The Castle Doesn't Fall, watercolor on paper.  Thea Fotiu Howell

Artist Statement

"My Greek-American experience is at the center of my work, along with themes of spirituality, death, nature, and religion.  I use symbols, expressive lines, landscape-like scenes, compositions reminiscent of interiors, and text to create narratives of family through paintings and drawings, and to explore both the mundane and profound aspects found in being multi-cultural.  The analogous rhythms and even the dichotomy of my Greek-American cultural landscape intrigues me, and I often use these to create newer, stranger meanings.  I refer to my paintings as "studies" for ideas that cannot be fully articulated or explained."  

                                                        - Thea Howell