Anne Thompson is a visual artist whose practice includes writing and curating. Her work draws on systems of communication, with a focus on how context alters meaning and understanding. As a fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri (2015-16), she investigated how analog mediums might embrace conceptual art practices to engage community and attract new audiences. Other awards include a Frontier Fellowship at Epicenter, a community design program in Green River, Utah (2016); an NEA Book Artist Residency at the Women’s Studio Workshop (2013), and a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowship (2009) to research color theory at the Bauhaus Archive. She has had solo exhibitions and installations in New York and Berlin. Her work is in public collections including MIT, Harvard, the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Yale Art Gallery, Vassar College, and the University of Michigan.
Thompson is a contributing reviewer to Artforum and the founder of the “I-70 Sign Show,” a public-art interstate billboard project in Missouri that launched in April 2014. Before receiving her MFA (Yale 2002), Thompson was a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press. She lives with her husband and daughter in Columbia, Missouri, where she teaches a visual-arts seminar for the University of Missouri School of Journalism.