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b.  Memphis, TN




2013-2015      University of California Santa Barbara, Department of Art, MFA

2012               Santa Monica College, Video Game Design & Storytelling

2003-2009      New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, BFA



2021    The Yellowing, Tiny Gallery, UrbanArt Commission, Memphis, TN

2018    Imprismed, Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN

2016    Virgo Rising, Yellow Bird Artscape, Woodbury, TN (with Silvan Laan)

            Electric Pleasure Garden, Napa Gallery, CSU Channel Islands (with Shannon Willis)

2015    Love Whole, Highways Performance Space Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2014    The Etymology of God(dess), The Glass Box Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

            Mineralism, Glass Box Gallery, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA (with Oree Holban)


2013    Tsunami of Spirits, Gallery 1328, Santa Barbara, CA (with Oree Holban)



2021    Memphis International Airport 2021-2022 selected artist exhibition Concourse B, Memphis, TN

2020    Eyesolation, curated by Katherine Clark, Clough-Hanson Gallery online, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN

            Second Life, Third Life, curated by Lindsay Donnelly-Bullington, Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN

            All By Myself, curated by Marlo Morales, Clough-Hanson Gallery online, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN

2019    刹那即永恒 - One Minute is Eternal - Celebrating 21 years of One Minutes, Power Station of Art (PSA), Shanghai, CN

2017    Creating Characters, curated by Egill Sæbjörnsson, The One Minutes series,

            Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, NL and the Reykjavík International Film Festival, IS

            Chicago Art Book Fair with Walls Divide Press, Chicago, IL

2016    Visual Pleasure, curated by Jane Mulfinger, Cheadle Hall, UC Santa Barbara, CA

2015    Spiritual Machine, Another Experiment by Women Film Festival (AXW), curated by Lili White, Anthology Film Archives, NY, NY

            Prism Pipe: CRYSTAL BALL, curated by Sarah Zucker, Pehrspace, Los Angeles, CA

            Mystical Absolutes, Art, Architecture & Design Museum, Santa Barbara, CA

            UCFZ, Gone Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA   


2014    A Wicked Problem, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA) Projectspace, New York, NY

            Spectacular Subdivisions, curated by Jay Lizo, High Desert Test Sites and Monte Vista Projects, Joshua Tree, CA

            Platform Art Festival, Tel Aviv, Isreal

            Likewise, curated by Megan Mueller, Gallery 1328, Santa Barbara, CA

            Celebración, The Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, TX

            In,On /Onto,Into, The Red Barn, Santa Barbara, CA

            Dark Days and Bright Nights, UCSB Media Lab, Santa Barbara, CA

            So Not Solo, curated by Cathy Ellis, Glass Box Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA


2013   This Is So Art Heaven, Harder Stadium, Santa Barbara, CA

2007   End Times, BFA Thesis Exhibition, The Commons, New York University, New York, NY


2022   South Point Grocery Porch Mural, South Main Arts District, Memphis, TN


2020    UrbanArt Commission (UAC) Bridging the Distance Project Grant (with Silvan Laan)

2015    Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC) Visual, Performing and Media Arts Award

            Florimbi-Simon Award


2014    Doctoral Travel Grant to the Middle East

            Florimbi-Simon Award

            UCIRA Desert Studies Research Mini Grant

            Nominated for the Dean's Diversity Fellowship

            Nominated for the Siff Foundation Scholarship

2013    Israel Levitan Graduate Fellowship (through 2015)

            UC Block Grant (through 2015)

            Graduate Teaching Assistantship (through 2015)

2007    NYU Senior Honors Studio

2003-   New York University Education Scholarship



2003    Poplar Pike Arts Guild Visual Arts Service Award


2018   Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN


2016   Yellow Bird Artscape, Woodbury, TN




2017   Tropical Pubic Hair, printed artist zine, Walls Divide Press,


2012   Subliminal Lineal Spirit, Los Angeles: Peregrine Publishing House.



2018    Artist Talk "Imprismed", Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN

2010    Storyboard Presentation of "Hades and Persephone: A Disneyfied Adaptation." Tisch School of the Arts, NYU


2016    Co-Art Director for “No Body Holy”, a queer and outsider Sock-Hop at UCSB

            featuring performances by El Vez, Oree Holban and the Do Not Worries, and Shannon and the Clams

            Animations for Ghana’s Electric Dreams a film by R. Lane Clark and Stephan F. Miescher

2015    Animations and website design for Mount Zuidas by Silvan Laan

            Actor inThe Future According to NATURA* directed by Floris Schönfeld

            Animations/film backdrop for Mister Hard Angle a performance by Oree Holban at MCA Denver

2005    Extra in Walk the Line directed by James Mangold


2018-      Private Instruction in AfterEffects


2016       Research Assistant, Department of History, UC Santa Barbara

2013-      Teaching Assistant, Department of Art, UC Santa Barbara,




2022   "Virtual Studio Visit: Emily C. Thomas," Locate Arts blog The Focus, August 13, 2022.


2018   Carrigan, Margaret, "6 Bucolic Art Centers That Double as Farms and Vineyards," Observer, June 2018.


  "Imprismed: Emily C. Thomas" Press Release, February 2018.

  Crosstown Arts, Exhibition Video for Imprismed, by Justin Thompson, March 2018.


2017   Ciccarone, Erica, "Yellow Bird Art Farm Offers Artists and Writers Sanctuary," Nashville Arts

           Magazine, March 2017. sanctuary/


          "Studio Visit: Emily C. Thomas," Locate Arts blog The Focus, March 2, 2017.


2016   Drake, Nora. "Visual Pleasure," The Current. March 1, 2016.



2015   Diehl, Travis. "Harder Stadium," May 2015.

           MFA Thesis Exhibition News Feature, Art Design Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara


2014   Vonk, Nathaniel. "Review: UCSB Open Studios/ Annual Group Show Offers Back Stage Pass to the

           Creative Process," Santa Barbara Independent, November 11, 2017.



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