An artist whose practice involves writing and curating, Anne Thompson creates community through collaborative projects that move art outside its institutionalized spaces.
Thompson is an artist whose practice includes writing and curating. She is the founder of the I-70 Sign Show, a public art billboard and event project that positions the Midwestern interstate as a site for cultural and political commentary. Sign Show activities have included community happenings, artist ephemera publications, and institutional collaboration. In her studio, Thompson works in a range of mediums to examine how systems of language, color, and décor communicate identity and social class. Her artist books are in numerous public collections including the Yale Art Gallery, the New York Public Library, the Harvard Fine Arts Library, and the Library of Congress. She has been awarded fellowships at Epicenter; the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute; the Women’s Studio Workshop; and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Before receiving her MFA from Yale, Thompson was a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press. Thompson joined the Bennington faculty in fall 2017.