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Kathleen Thum
Liberty, South Carolina

Clemson University, Assistant Professor

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In 2010, I closely followed the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico through the live video streaming of the oil leak. The image of the pipeline seeping oil clearly presented the earth as an organism to me, suffering from a faulty and altered system. I have since referenced the landscape in my drawings as a living, breathing entity, pulsing and layered with energies. My interests lie in capturing the ongoing shifting of power between mankind and the earth, as well as presenting the intermingling of manufactured man-made systems and subsurface, biomorphic configurations.


born: 1969, Summit, New Jersey


Bowling Green State University, MFA, 2000
Maryland Institute College of Art, BFA, 1992

selected awards/honors

Faculty Research Fellowship, College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 2013
Travel Grant, Center for the Visual Arts, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 2012
NYFA Mark Program Recipient, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, 2009

selected publications

International Drawing Annual Exhibition in Print, Volume 8, Manifest Press, 2014
Reflections Magazine, Yale University Publication, Spring 2010 issue, artwork featured on cover
Awake and Pseudopodia, Volume 17, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, 2007

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Kathleen Thum and Austin Ballard, Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, Broward College, Florida, 2014
Kathleen Thum and Evangelos Courpas, Dolce Valvo Art Gallery: This is the Way, Step Inside, Niagara County Community College, Sanbom, New York, 2012
Paintings and Drawings by Kathleen Thum, Lake George Arts Project, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George, New York, 2010

selected group shows

Manifest Gallery: Systematic,  Cincinnati, Ohio, 2014
ROY G BIV Gallery: Kathleen Thum, Gary Noland and Jackie Brown, Columbus, Ohio, 2013
Hyde Art Gallery: Into Abstraction, Grossmont College, El Cajon, California, 2012
S. Tucker Cooke Gallery: Drawing Discourse, University of North Carolina at Ashville, North Carolina, 2012


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