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 2018-Spring 2019

      August 30-September 28
      Simple Machines
      Matthew Wilt

      September 28th
      Reception: 6-7:30 p.m.

      October 5 - November 2
      Lineage: Tom Flowers and Family
      Tom Flowers, Mark Flowers, Kristy Higby, Carson Higby-Flowers, Morgan Higby-Flowers, Virginia Griswold, Tia Flowers

      October 19th
      Reception: 6-8 p.m.

      November 12 - December 9
      Human Fragility
      Kimberly Riner

      November 12th
      Reception: 6-7:30 p.m.

      January 22 - February 22
      Everything That Rises
      Laura Tanner Graham

      February 4th
      Reception: 6-7:30 p.m.

      February 28 - March 28
      Knowing in Part
      Aaron Collier

      March 28th
      Reception: 6-7:30 p.m.

      April 9 - May 1
      Senior Art Exhibition

      April 9th
      Reception: 6-8 p.m.

  • Workshop Schedule, Fall 2018-Spring 2019

      October 17th
      Gerry Wubben, True Inspiration Artist in Residence
      Anatomical Drawing
      5:00 - 8:00 pm

      February 22nd - 24th
      Lara Rossignol, True Inspiration Artist in Residence 


  • Gallery Proposals for 2018-2020

      APPLICATION CLOSED.  Please check back in 2019! 

      The Thompson Art Gallery invites established artists to submit a proposal for solo exhibitions during the 2020-2022 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.

  • 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 seeking applicants for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 academic year. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2019

      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.

  • We Must Cultivate our Garden, Jan 21 - February 21 2020

      The Furman University Art Department is pleased to announce an Open Call for the exhibition We Must Cultivate our Garden. In Voltaire’s Candide, Candide begins his philosophical journey remarking that “this world is the best of all possible worlds,” but by the end of the book is discontent with unkind reality. Candide ultimately concludes that humanity can never be wholly fulfilled – there can always be a better world – but that men might be content by pursuing hope anyway – “we must cultivate our garden.”

      It is all too easy to become jaded in a time that romanticizes suffering. Therefore, we encourage submissions that challenge cynicism and combat the ubiquity of negative images on display in our society. We Must Cultivate Our Garden looks for artists who explore deeply, digging to find the good in daily trials and celebrate the victories – small and large – in our own lives. Pieces do not need to be bright in color or flowery in subject – rather, work exploring the profundity of practical optimism will be preferenced. 

      This exhibition is a juried group show in the Thompson Art Gallery at Furman University and will showcase the work of 3-4 artists.

      • Artists from or living in the Southeastern United States
      • Entries of no more than five images 
      • Multi- and non-traditional media encouraged
      • Brief concept statement (not exceeding 250 words)
      • $25

      Applications due June 15. 
      If you have any questions, please email:

      Application Materials:

      All Applications must be compiled into one PDF file and uploaded here. Hyper link to this box widget
      Please include:
      • Artist statement
      • CV
      • Five digital images (72 dpi)
      • Please include titles, media, date completed and dimensions.
      • Contact info including your address, email, and website

      *$25 registration fee (make checks payable to Furman University Art Department) Please mail checks to:

      Art Department
      Furman University
      3300 Poinsett Hwy
      Greenville, SC 29613


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