Furman Thompson Art Gallery


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.

  • Exhibition Schedule, Fall 2017-Spring 2018

      August 1-August 24
      Found Paintings
      Liz Rundorff Smith

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


      September 5-October 13
      Anthro-Botanical
      Elaine Quave

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


      October 20-November 10
      Argent
      Sali Christeson and Eleanor Turner

      October 20
      Reception: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
      Artist Talk at 6:30 p.m.


      November 20-December 1
      HANA
      Nishiki Sugawara-Beda

      November 29
      Reception: 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
      Artist Talk at 6:30 p.m.


      January 15th-February 15th
      Vanishing Points
      Taryn McMahon

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


      February 23–March 23
      Apperceptions
      Sara Pedigo

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


      April 10-May 3
      Senior Exhibition
      Senior Names to be announced later

      April 10
      Reception: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.


      May 8-June 15
      Surviving War is Hell: Healing the Emotional Traumas of War Through Art
      Brad Carraway

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

  • Gallery Proposals for 2018-2020

      The Thompson Art Gallery invites established artists to submit a proposal for solo exhibitions during the 2018-2020 academic years.  The exhibition space is approximately 900 square feet with solo exhibitions typically running for 4-6 week periods.  The gallery committee will consider all media.  The university will insure artwork while it is on display in the Thompson Art Gallery.  Shipping costs will be the responsibility of the artist.  We offer a small stipend for those that can come to campus and give a gallery talk for their opening or closing receptions.

      A complete proposal file should be uploaded here with the following items:

      • Artist statement (Word or PDF) labeled with last name. For example: Warhol_Statement.pdf
      • CV (Word or PDF) labeled with last name.  For example: Warhol_CV.pdf
      • 15-20 images presented in Powerpoint or PDF file.  Include information (title, size, meduim, year) for each image.  File name should include artist name.  For example:  Warhol_images.pdf
      • A $20 processing fee should be mailed to the Furman University Art Department for each completed application
      Furman University
      Art Department
      3300 Poinsett Hwy
      Greenville, SC 29613

      *Checks made payable to Furman University Art Department*
  • 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 Fall 2018/Spring 2019 academic year. Deadline for applications is February 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.

      Eligibility
      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.

      • 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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