Wooden sculptures on display

Thompson Art Gallery Schedule

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 currently NOT open to the public.

Exhibition Schedule, Fall 2021-Spring 2022

August 23rd – September 27th
Molly Jo Burke & Nate Gorgen: Compatibility Test

September 30th – November 1st
Raluca Iancu: Roadside Attraction
Artist Reception, October 22nd 6-8pm

November 5th – December 8th
Michael May: Komos
Artist Reception, December 2nd 6-7:30pm

January 14th – February 15th
Jave Gakumei Yoshimoto: Secluded Microcosm

March 9th – April 6th
Azita Moradkhani: Artist in Residence Show: TBD

April 12th – May 7th
Senior Art Exhibition


Workshop Schedule

Photography Workshop with Jedediah Johnson
Artist Talk: October 15th 1:30 p.m.
Workshop: October 16th 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

24 Hr Project
January 21st-22nd

True Inspiration Artist in Residency Proposal

Furman University seeks applicants for the True Inspiration Artist in Residency, a six-week program that began in 2015.

We are currently CLOSED for applicants.

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 well 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. See the university’s academic calendar.

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 students majoring in art history or studio art, 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 area 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.

Gallery Proposals for 2020-2022


The Thompson Art Gallery invites established artists to submit a proposal for solo exhibitions during the 2020-22 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. Small stipends available for artists willing to give a gallery talk at a closing or opening reception.

A complete proposal file should include:

  • Artist statement (Word or PDF) labeled with last name.
  • CV (Word or PDF) labeled with last name.
  • 15-20 images presented in Powerpoint or PDF file. Include information (title, size, medium, year) for each image. File name should include artist name.
  • A $20 processing fee should be mailed and made payable to the, Furman University Art Department 3300 Poinsett Hwy Greenville SC 29613, for each completed application.
  • Click Here to Submit Gallery Proposals!