Thomas Yerxa was an American artist known for painting post-real urban landscapes. Yerxa was born in Oakland, California. He attended Pennsylvania Academy then studied at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania.
In 1951 he was awarded a Cresson European Scholarship followed by the next year by a Tiffany Grant. Since then, Yerxa has received widespread recognition through juried and invited participation in the major national and regional exhibitions of this country including the Corcoran Biennial, the Pennsylvania Academy Annual, the Butler Institute Mid-year Annual, Silvermine Guild, Boston Festival, the Whitney Museum Annual, and many others in which he established a national reputation through winning an extraordinary number of major prizes and purchase awards including the Thomas B. Clarke Prize at the National Academy of Design, the Second Altman Prize at the National Academy, the Second Award in Oils at the Butler Institute, etc.
Yerxa was invited to the Whitney Museum Annual in 1958, the National Academy of Arts and Letters in 1959 and Butler Institute in 1957. His work has been acquired for the permanent collection of eight museums: The Whitney Museum of american Art, the Butler Institute of american Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the National Academy of Design, the Parrish Museum of Southampton, the Philadelphia Museum, the Columbia Museum of South Carolina and the Museum of Art in Springfield, Mass. He is represented in many of the major private collections of American Art including the private collections of James A. Mitchener.