Rosie Thompson

Rosie’s varied media works take the form of large scale site-specific installations, smaller more intimate constructions, and drawing/collage dealing with the spatial realm that gives way to the sculptural shamanistic forms.

Rosie has exhibited in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Washington, DC, Texas, Berne Switzerland, and New York City.  Her traveling exhibitions have been in Europe and the USA.  Her lectures and workshops have been in Europe and the USA.  Her lectures have been in the USA, Tokyo, Japan, Aarau, Switzerland, and Mexico City, Mexico.  Her works is represented by SOHO 20 Gallery, NYC., and FRANK Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

Rosie’s grants and fellowships include North Carolina Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts Project Grants and Visual Artist Fellowship Grants, Pittsburgh Foundation, A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund Visiting Artist Grant, Lily Endowment Grant, Colorado Springs, and Kansas Arts Council Visiting Artist Grants.

Among the publications that include Rosie’s works are: This Way Day Break Comes, A. Cheatham and M. C. Powell; Contemporary American Women Sculptors, Virginia Watson Jones; The Village Voice, Washington City Paper, Dialogue: Arts in the Midwest, Artspeak, New Art Examiner, Arts Journal, Washington Review, International Sculpture, and numerous catalogues.



Fulbright Fellowship to travel & study in China & Tibet


NCCU Education Grant for “Conserve A Legacy” Teacher Workshops


Special Project Grant, NC Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts


Lilly Endowment Grant, Colorado Springs, CO


North Carolina Central University Educational Study Grant, Seattle, WA


Visual Artist Fellowship Grant, NC Council and the National Endowment for the Arts


Pittsburgh Foundation Grant from A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund

Visiting Artist grant/Collaborative Installation, Pittsburgh School for the Creative and Performing Arts


Visiting Artist Grant, Kansas Arts Council


Teaching Fellowship, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC


Present -2003

Professor Emeritus, NCCU Art Department, Durham, NC


Curatorial and Administrative, , NCCU Art Department, Durham, NC


Art Professor, NCCU Art Department, Durham, NC


Professor Emeritus, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC


International Studies:  India, Philippines, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Tibet, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, UK, Thailand Spain, Eastern Europe, Greece, Italy, Turkish Isles, Morocco, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Costa Rica, Lebanon, France, Viet Nam, Cambodia

Panelist: “Word/Forms” Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC


Curatorial and Administrative: Curatorial and coordination work for placing art in public spaces, funded by State Arts Councils, Corporations, and City Organizations

Grants Selection Panelist, Artist Panelist, Moderator and Curator at Art Conferences in USA


Lectures and Workshops at the Art Centers, Universities, an Schools in North Carolina, South Carolina, New Orleans, Louisiana, New York, Kansas, Florida, Cleveland, Ohio, Lexington, KY, Tokyo, Japan, Berne, Switzerland

Associate Professor, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC, 1983-2003

Director, NCCU Visual Artists Archive File, 1990-1995


Lectures: Art Faculty International Series, NC Central University, Durham, NC


Panelist: Southern Women Artists, Kentucky Foundation for Women in the Arts


Lecture: “Multiculturalism vs. The Mainstream in American Sculpture”, Tri-State Sculptors Conference, UNC-Asheville, NC

Lecture: “Pluralism in Contemporary American Art”, Tokyo, Japan

Panelist: National Caucus for Women in the Arts, “Revising the View, Southern Women Artists”, Washington, DC


10 Country Collaboration, Time/Space Works



SOHO20 Artists, catalogue, USA


SOHO20 Artists, catalogue, USA

The Herald-Sun, “Area Artists cut teeth under Hartley at ECU”, Blue Greenberg, March 9, 2010, Durham, NC


SOHO20 Artists, catalogue, USA          


Winston-Salem Journal, “Connections” at T.A.G.,T. Patterson, NC

Washington City Paper, Gallery Review, “The Cutting Edge” at Gallery 10, Ltd., May 1994, Washington, DC


The Village Voice, Voices Choices – Art, August 10, 1993, NYC

1991 Lexington Herald Leader, Visual Arts: NC Artist Brings “Crime to Transy, David Minton,” October 6, 1991, Lexington, KY


Artspeak, Happy Combinations in SOHO, Review: E.C. Lipton, May 1, 1990, New York, NY

Dialogue: Arts in the Midwest, “Ritual, Rites, Relics, C.A.G.E”, Cincinnati, June 1-22, Review: Robert Brasier, September/October 1990, p.26, Columbus, OH

Winston-Salem Journal, Diverse Uneven Show Has Standouts, Review: Tom Patterson, pp., H4-H5, August 12, 1990, Winston-Salem, NC


ArtSpeak, Group Shows Have Direction With Variety: Ward-Nasse Gallery Review, Meredith Hall, May 16, 1989, New York, NY

Durham Morning Herald, Box Art Rekindles 60’s Debate, Constructions: Rosie Thompson, Arts Center, Blue Greenberg,  March 13, 1989


Influence-The Arts in Baltimore, Spiritually in the Modern Vacuum, Review: Mark Reeve, October/November 1998, pp., 10-12, Baltimore, MD

The Sun, Rosie Thompson’s 3-Sisters Installation at School 33 Art Center, John Dorsey, September 21, 1988, p., 3C, Baltimore, MD


ArtSpeak, Ward-Nasse Gallery Review, J. Taylor Basker, October 1, 1987, p., 15, New York, NY

New Art Examiner, Reviews, Virginia, 1708 East Main Gallery, Jane Coco, April 1987, p., 46


Art Journal, April 1986, pp., 5-7, Sculpture In North Carolina, Jon Meyer

New Art Examiner, Reviews, Washington, DC, “Rituals, Rites, Relics”, Foundry Gallery, Patrick Frank, March 1986, Vol., 13, No. 7, p., 54, Patrick Frank

Arts Journal, “A Polychotomous Microcosm of Contemporary Sculpture”, December 1986, pp., 10-11, Jon Meyer


Contemporary American Women Sculptors, An Illustrated Bio-Bibliographical Directory, Virginia Watson Jones, Oryz Press, Phoenix, AZ, 1985

This Way Daybreak Comes: “Women’s Values and the Future”, M.C. Powell and Annie Cheatham, Chapters- Women and Art; Personal Relationships; Autonomy and Connectedness; Women and the Planet, New Society Publishers, Philadelphia, PA, 1985

Washington Review, Rosie Thompson, Gallery 10 Ltd., November 27-December 22, 1985, Mary McCoy, Vol., X, No. 5, Washington, DC

International Sculpture, DC Events, Vol., 4, No.  6, November/December 198

Miami Herald, “Gathering Evidence” September 21, 1985, Miami, FL

Texas Fine Arts 1984 Annual National Exhibition,  Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin TX, (Catalogue)


Arts Journal, Rosie Thompson, “Celebrates Life”, p., 9, November 1983


Paper: Group Exhibition of Changing Uses and Concepts, Gallery 10 Ltd., January 1980, Washington, DC, (Catalogue)


Artscope, Featured Artist, Spring 1979

Southern Exposure, “Women Artists in the South, Southeastern Women’s Caucus for Art”, Hanson Gallery, New Orleans, LA (Catalogue

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