b.  Memphis, TN

 

EDUCATION

 

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

2013               Santa Barbara City College, Photovoltaic Systems (Solar Energy)

2012               Santa Monica College, Video Game Design & Storytelling

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

 

 

SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2018    Imprismed, Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN (solo)

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 (solo)

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

            Mineralism, Gallery 1328, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA (with Oree Holban)

                       

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

                         

GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND SCREENINGS

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, The One Minutes series curated by Egill Sæbjörnsson,

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

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

2015    Spiritual Machine, Another Experiment by Women Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, NY, NY

            Prism Pipe: CRYSTAL BALL, 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, High Desert Test Sites and Monte Vista Projects, Joshua Tree, CA

            Platform Art Festival, Tel Aviv, Isreal

            Holy Baby Novocaine, The Red Barn, Santa Barbara, CA           

            Likewise, 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, 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

 

2006   Downward Spiral, The Barney Building, New York University, New York, NY

           Spring Forward, The Commons, New York University, New York, NY

 

2004   Renovation, The Barney Building, New York University, New York, NY

 

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

2016    Research Assistantship, Department of History, UC Santa Barbara

 

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

            Florimbi-Simon Award

            Israel Levitan Graduate Fellowship

           

2014    Doctoral Travel Grant to the Middle East

            Florimbi-Simon Award

            Israel Levitan Graduate Fellowship

            UCIRA Desert Studies Research Mini Grant

            Nominated for the Dean's Diversity Fellowship

            Nominated for the Siff Foundation Scholarship

2013    Israel Levitan Graduate Fellowship

            UC Block Grant (through 2015)

            Graduate Teaching Assistantship (through 2015)

2003-   New York University Education Scholarship

2007

 

 

RESIDENCIES​

2019   SustainableU, Bandon, OR

2018   Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN

 

2016   Yellow Bird Artscape, Woodbury, TN

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

2017   Tropical Pubic Hair, printed artist zine, Walls Divide Press, www.wallsdivide.com

             

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

 

2006   Lesbian Birthday: A Brief Pictorial Account in Our Year MMVI, 32 pg. hand printed and bound, illustrated book.

 

PRESENTATIONS

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

2010    Storyboard Presentation of "An Adaptation of Persephone: A Tale of Walt Disney and a Mouseketeer"

            Tisch School of the Arts, NY

MISCELLANEOUS FILM + ART EXPERIENCE

2016    Art Director and Head of Decorations for “No Body Holy”, an LGBTIQA+ and Outsider Sock-Hop at UCSB

            featuring performances by El Vez, Oree Holban 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

            Acted/collaborated in Floris Schönfeld’s Damagomi Project film The Future According to NATURA*

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

2013    Poster Design for film byTristan Newcomb exhibited at AD&A Museum Santa Barbara in the exhibition Inside Out  

2005    Extra in Walk the Line directed by James Mangold

TEACHING

2018    Private Instruction in AfterEffects

2013-  UC Santa Barbara, Department of Art

2015

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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

  https://observer.com/2018/06/6-bucolic-art-centers-that-double-as-farms-and-vineyards/

 

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

  https://crosstownarts.org/calendar/emily-c-thomas-imprismed/

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

  https://vimeo.com/256683214

 

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

           Magazine, March 2017. www.nashvillearts.com/2017/03/yellow-bird-art-farm-offers-artists-writers- sanctuary/

 

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

           https://locatearts.org/the-focus/2017/studio-visit-emily-thomas

          WOW Programme, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 2017.

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

           http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2016/016508/visual-pleasure

  

2015   Diehl, Travis. "Harder Stadium," May 2015. http://artsite.arts.ucsb.edu/share/MFA-2015-Catalog.pdf 

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

           http://www.museum.ucsb.edu/news/feature/358

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

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

           www.independent.com/news/2014/nov/11/review-ucsb-mfa-open-studios/

          

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