FACULTY

Esmé Thompson

Professor of Studio Art

Esmé Thompson is a painter and Professor of Studio Art who has taught at Dartmouth College since 1979. Her paintings are brilliant celebrations of color and design that make use of a wide range of source materials and link patterns found in nature with aspects of man-made design. She reminds us that in art, as in nature, simple patterns often organize lively and complex structures. Her work includes paintings on canvas, paper, board and painted metal relief pieces.

Thompson is a member of the Bowery Gallery in New York City. She has been a resident of the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy, and returns to Italy often to pursue her interest in medieval painting and the decorative arts.

Recent exhibitions:

  • "Esme Thompson: The Alchemy of Design", Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, Fall River, MA
  • Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont
  • Bowery Gallery, NY, NY
  • Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA
  • Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT
  • List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

Recent Awards:

  • Senior Faculty Fellowship, Ritratti: An Exploration of Multiple Plate Color Printmaking at Wingate Press
  • The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding Research Grant, : A study of Ornament and Decoration in Zillij, Moroccan Ceramic Wall Relief
  • Leslie Center for the Humanities, Faculty Travel and Research Grant, A study of Ornament and Decoration in Zillij, Moroccan Ceramic Wall Relief

Thompson's Dartmouth courses include Drawing, Painting, Collage, and Senior Seminar.

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