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b. memphis, tn  




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

2012   Santa Monica College, Video Game Design & Storytelling

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


solo + two person exhibitions


2021   The Yellowing, Tiny Gallery, Urban Art Commission, Memphis,TN

2018   Imprismed, Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN

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

2016   Electric Pleasure Garden, Napa Gallery, CSU Channel Islands (with Shannon Willis)

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

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

2014   Mineralism, Glass Box Gallery, UC Santa Barbara (with Oree Holban)

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


group exhibitions + screenings

2024   Movable Collection Exhibition, Urban Art Commission, Memphis,TN

2023   Remnants, De Bouwput, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2021-  Memphis International Airport selected artist exhibit, Concourse B


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

2020   Second Life, Third Life, curated by Lindsay Donnelly-Bullington, Clough-Hanson Gallery, 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

2017   Creating Characters, curated by Egill Sæbjörnsson, The One Minutes series, Reykjavík International Film Festival, IS

2017   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, NYC

2015   Prism Pipe: CRYSTAL BALL, curated by Sarah Zucker, Pehrspace, Los Angeles, CA

2015   Mystical Absolutes, Art, Design + Architecture Museum, Santa Barbara, CA

2015   UCFZ, Gone Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2014   A Wicked Problem, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA) Projectspace, NYC

2014   Spectacular Subdivisions, curated by Jay Lizo, High Desert Test Sites and Monte Vista Projects, Joshua Tree, CA

2014   Platform Art Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel

2014   Likewise, curated by Megan Mueller, Glass Box Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2014   Celebración, The Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, TX

2014   In,On /Onto,Into, The Red Barn Project Space, Santa Barbara, CA

2014   Dark Days and Bright Nights, UCSB Media Lab, curated by Laurel Beckman, Santa Barbara, CA

2014   So Not Solo, curated by Cathy Ellis, Gallery 1328, Santa Barbara, CA

2013   Art Heaven, Harder Stadium, UC Santa Barbara

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


public art

2023   City of Memphis Movable Arts Collection

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



awards + nominations

2023   South Arts Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grant

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

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

2015   Florimbi-Simon Award

2014   Doctoral Travel Grant to the Middle East and Greece

2014   Florimbi-Simon Award

2014   UCIRA Desert Studies Fund

2014   Dean’s Diversity Fellowship Nominee

2014   Siff Foundation Scholarship Nominee

2013   Israel Levitan Graduate Fellowship (through 2015)

2013   University of California Block Grant (through 2015)

2013   Graduate Teaching Assistantship (through 2015)

2007   NYU Senior Honors Studio

2003   New York University Education Scholarship (through 2007)

2003   Poplar Pike Arts Guild, Visual Arts Service Award



2023   AGA LAB, Amsterdam, NL

2018   Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN

2016   Yellow Bird Artscape, Woodbury, TN



books + zines


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

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



miscellaneous film + art experience


2016   Animations/film projection backdrop for Mister Hard Angle performance by Oree Holban at MCA Denver

2016   Animations for Ghana’s Electric Dreams a film by R. Lane Clark and Stephan F. Miescher

2016   Co-Art Director for No Body Holy, a queer and outsider Sock-Hop at UCSB, performances by El Vez, Oree and the Do Not Worries, and Shannon and the Clams

2015   Animations and website design for Mount Zuidas by Silvan Laan

2015   Actor in The Future According to NATURA* directed by Floris Schönfeld

2005   Extra in Walk the Line directed by James Mangold



teaching, research + presentations


2018-present, Instructor, Private lessons in AfterEffects

2018   Lecturer, Artist Talk: Imprismed, Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN

2016   Research Assistant, Department of History, UC Santa Barbara

2015   Teaching Assistant, Painting with Stephanie Washburn, UCSB

2014   Section Instructor, Art + Life with Kip Fulbeck, Dept. of Art, UCSB

2014   Teaching Assistant, Drawing with Eric Beltz, Dept. of Art, UCSB

2014   Teaching Assistant, Digital Strategies with Graham Budgett,UCSB

2013   Section Instructor, Image Studies with Laurel Beckman,UCSB

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

2006   Printmaking Studio Assistant, New York University

publications + press


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.

2018 “Imprismed: Emily C. Thomas” Press Release, February 2018.

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/

2017 “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. Mystical Absolutes, exhibition catalogue.

2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition News Feature, Art, Design + Architecture Museum, UCSB

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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