The Thompson Art Gallery features a variety of exhibitions throughout the academic year. In addition to both solo and group shows, we also highlight our seniors' work with a Senior Thesis Exhibition at the end of the school year.

The gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed some holidays.

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 Exhibition Schedule

August 1st August 24th

Found Paintings

Liz Rundorff Smith

Reception: August 25, 2017 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Artist Talk at 6:30 p.m.

September 5th  October 13


Elaine Quave

Reception: September 15, 2017 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Artist Talk at 6:30 p.m.

October 20th November 10th

Argent Work

Sali Christenson and Eleanor Turner

Reception: October 20, 2017 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Artist Talk at 6:30 p.m.

November 20th December 12th


Nishiki Sugawara-Beda

Reception: TBD, 2017 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Artist Talk at 6:30 p.m.

January 15th February 15th

Vanishing Points

Taryn McMahon

Reception: TBD, 2018 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Artist Talk at 6:30 p.m.

February 23rd March 23rd


Sara Pedigo

Reception: February 23, 2018 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Artist Talk at 6:30 p.m.

April 10th May 3rd

Senior Exhibition

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Reception: April 10, 2018 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Artist Talk at 6:30 p.m.

May 8th June 15th

Surviving War is Hell: Healing the Emotional Traumas of War Through Art

Brad Carraway

Reception: May 18th, 2018 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Artist Talk at 6:30 p.m.

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 Workshop Schedule

October 11th 12th

Elaine Quave Ceramics

Time of Workshop: TBD

True Harrigan Artist in Residency Proposal

Furman University seeks applicants for the True Artist in Residency, a six-week program that began in 2015 through the generous support of True Harringan ('14) family. We are currently seeking applicants for Spring 2018 term (January-April). Deadline for applications is June 1, 2017

The Artist in Residency program awards one residency per academic year for a visiting artist/designer to work at the school, developing a new work in collaboration with students and faculty. The residency period is typically six weeks, however the artist is welcome to submit an additional proposal for a full-semester course; this course would be compensated according to current adjunct rates at the University. The program is part of the Furman Advantage, a program that aims to build educational value through student experience. The residency provides enrolled students at Furman University with an alternative learning opportunity to engage with practicing artists/designers. To witness and partake in the creation of a defined work from idea to realization is the centerpiece of the True Artist Residency. The culmination of this residency is an exhibition and presentation that summarizes the artist's process and work accomplished.

This residency is open to emerging and professional artists/designers who reside in North America, and hold an MFA or have a record of equivalent professional achievement. Preference will be given to artists who live outside the upstate South Carolina region. The ideal candidate must value collaboration and have good social and communication skills. It is the goal of the True Residency to foster an atmosphere of creative activity that extends throughout the University community.

Compensation and Expectations
Resident artists will receive a $6,000 stipend for the six-week residency, and will be provided with 24-hr access to the Furman Art Department as will as a private 850 sq. ft. studio located within the art department complex. Artists are responsible for their own food, housing, transportation, materials and supplies.

Artist responsibilities:
  • Create a body of work that will be exhibited/presented to the public at the culmination of the residency.
  • The artist must give two student workshops/process talks during the course of the residency.
  • The artist must provide an 'open studio' during two Furman gallery openings. 
  • The artist must be available (i.e. working in their studio) for informal interaction with students for a minimum of 20 hours per week. It is expected that the majority of these 20 hours be scheduled during the work-week so that artist residents are more visible/accessible to our students.
Optional Programming
Additional compensation may be available to artists interested in teaching a foundations level course to supplement their residency stipend. This course can include a proposed community or public engagement project. If you would like to incorporate this into your stay, please provide a brief proposal with your application. This proposal should include an overview of the course, its objectives, and one example of a student assignment. An academic calendar can be found on the University's website. 

Application Materials:
All Applications must be compiled into one PDF file and uploaded here.​ ​ 
Complete applications must include:
  • A one-page proposal that outlines your creative goals for the residency period
  • Artist statement
  • CV
  • Ten digital images (72 dpi) of current work or work completed during a prior residency program. Please include titles, media, date completed and dimensions.
  • Contact info including your address, email, and website
About the School
Furman University is a small liberal arts university located in Greenville, SC. We have 2,700 students on campus from all over the country. The art department has about 45 majors (studio and art history), 6 full-time faculty, and classes that range in size from 12-24 students. The art department offers classes in drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, graphic design, sculpture, printmaking, and art history. The upstate South Carolina are has a rich history that is rooted in the textile industry. The New York Times recently ranked Greenville #12 on their 52 Places to Go in 2017 list. Greenville has a vibrant and creative atmosphere, which is why so many creative industries have moved to the Greenville area.


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