Jennifer G. Thompson
Texas A&M University-Commerce, MFA Visual Communication
Jones County Junior College, Associates
My name is Jennifer G. Thompson. I am currently attending Texas A&M University-Commerce. I will graduate in the fall of 2020 with an MFA in Visual Communication. I have a BFA in studio art with an emphasis in painting from Ole Miss (2006) and an Associates from Jones County Junior College (2003).
Jennifer G Thompson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, grew up in the hospitable state of Mississippi, and has finally found the way back to Texas. While Mississippi is where this artist obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting, the Dallas/Fort Worth area is where Jennifer has been educating students in the field of art. She found out long ago that there is such an excitement found in the act of creating. Sharing this excitement with high school students art, sculpture, and AP 3D classes for the past eight years has been her passion. Her teaching skills are not limited to the classroom; she has also had the pleasure of serving as Camp Director at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas for the past five years. Jennifer is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication with an upcoming thesis exhibition to promote Texas Female Artists. She is now seeking a full-time position as a professor of art & design.
Life experience is what shapes my journey as an artist and designer. Exploring a creative practice of collaging images, printing, or designing is done within a narrative context. A story has been used for centuries to convey a message concept, lesson, or idea. Our lives are all intertwined through the fabric of life. A single thread, strand, or fiber is presented between elements, whether tangible or intangible. Found objects, textures, words, and images from magazines around the 1920s to the 1980s builds a sense of history, authenticity, and objectivity.
This history has been placed before us through photos, billboards, magazines, colors, shapes, and symbols have become increasingly present, as part of the imbedded visual culture. Throughout most of the 20th century, depictions of food, clothing, customs, and every aspect of daily life were publicized in magazines providing a visual context of American culture. “Culture encompasses religion, food, what we wear, how we wear it, our language, marriage, music, what we believe is right or wrong, how we sit at the table, how we greet visitors, how we behave with loved ones, and a million other things,” said Cristina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London. 1The arts have played an essential role through growth in American culture and bridge the gap between cultural differences to find common ground where words have failed.
My artistic inspiration grows within this shared American culture, by delving into the creative process while incorporating the arts and aiming at the possibility of change. This possibility of change has been my latest endeavor of pursuing research to develop design-centric solutions for the promotion of Texas female artists. In artistic fields of work, women earn over $13,000 less than men. This is just one alarming fact found while researching the gender pay gap and inequalities within the field of art. I have now begun a pursuit of art and design for social change.
Right now, I am finishing up the design-centric solutions for the promotion of Texas female artists (www.texasfemaleartists.org). The MFA exhibition has become a website due to Covid-19.