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.
January 19 – February 19
Matthew Baumgardner: Grids and Glyphs
Virtual Opening Reception: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
April 8 – May 8
Senior Art Exhibition
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.
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.
All Applications must be compiled into one PDF file and uploaded here.
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.
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: