MFA, Louisiana State University
BFA, The University of Tennessee
Durant Thompson is an Associate Professor of sculpture in the Department of Art at the University of Mississippi. In 1997, Durant received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and in 2001 he earned an MFA in Sculpture from Louisiana State University. He has also worked at The Johnson Atelier School of Technical Sculpture in New Jersey and at the University of Southern Mississippi as a technician and instructor before accepting his current position.
Durant has been actively showing at exhibitions across the region over the past decade. His exhibition resume includes group or solo shows at The Seventeenth Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, the Fourth Outdoor Sculpture Biennial at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS, Art In Public Places Knoxville 2010 Exhibition and Competition, the 6th Annual AAC National Show Exhibition at the Atlanta Artist’s Center & Gallery, the Charles Hook Sculpture Garden Competition at The 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, FL, the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, MO, Space 301 in Birmingham, AL, Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, LA and The National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, TN. Current and future exhibits include Sculpture Salmagundi XV at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center in Rocky Mount, NC, the Hattiesburg Train Depot Gallery in Hattiesburg, MS, the ULM Sculpture Park at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Art In Public Places Knoxville 2011 Exhibition and Competition in Knoxville, TN and the Bi-State Art Competition at the Meridian Museum of Art in Meridian, MS.
Recently Durant participated in national conferences giving panel presentations at the Southeastern College Arts Conference in New Orleans, LA and Charleston, WV. He has been the panel moderator for discussions at the 5th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in 2006 at Telford, England and the 6th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in 2010 at Kidwelly, Wales.
This past year Durant was asked to participate on the steering committees for the 2011 National Conference on Cast Iron Art at Sloss Furnace National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, AL and the upcoming 7th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in 2014.
Durant has given lectures on his work at Northwest Missouri State University, Jackson State University, University of Mississippi Museum, the University of Louisiana Monroe, the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Tennessee and Louisiana State University. He has also conducted workshops at the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, TN, the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS, the Keen Foundry Symposium in Houston, TX and the Johnson Atelier School of Technical Sculpture in Mercerville, NJ.
This past summer Durant was awarded a 2011 Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship through funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was also awarded best in show at Knoxville’s Emporium Center for the Art’s Nexus Exhibition in 2011 which was juried by well-known Chattanooga sculptor John Henry.