Primarily working with found photographs, collaged houses, and charcoal on paper, Zac Thompson invents queer new worlds, often using the history of photography as a renewable resource for his creative practice.  His drawings and collages are loosely based on 19th and early 20th century found photographs. Placing past figures and forgotten histories into a contemporary context, a strategy often employed by other queer artists like Deborah Bright or Glenn Ligon. His work is a reimagining of historical artifacts, taking what he needs from a hegemonic culture to construct his own lineage, family, and history.


Born in Colorado Springs, CO

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

 

EDUCATION:

 

2014

B.F.A. in Drawing, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

 

ELECTED EXHIBITIONS (* connotes solo or two person show):

 

2017

Reference, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

 

2016

False Family: The Architecture of Found Photographs, Craig Krull Gallery, Los Angeles, CA*

Someplace Elsewhere, Gallery Protocol, Gainesville, FL

 

2015

Art is Home, 4Most Gallery & Studio, Gainesville, FL

Myopia Series, Craig Krull Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

2014

25th Annual University Student Exhibition, Atlantic Center for the Arts Pabst Visitor Center & Gallery, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Ere the Substance Fades, The Wooly, Gainesville, FL*

MASS 4, The Wooly, Gainesville, FL

Student Unjuried Exhibition, Convergence Gallery, Gainesville, FL (curated by the Painting and Drawing Association) 

Teaser, WARP Gallery, Gainesville, FL

 

2013

Quarantined, Reitz Gallery, Gainesville, FL*

Uncnovenational Portraiture, Convergence Gallery, Gainesville, FL (curated by the Painting and Drawing Association, with catalog)

 

2012

Dream State, Reitz Gallery, Gainesville, FL*

Pushing Color, The Focus Gallery, Gainesville, FL

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

 

2016

Calvo, Natalie, "Alumni Spotlight: Zac Thompson", Muse Magazine, November 30, pp. 18 (with illustration). 

Riley, Wes, "Artist Spotlight: Zac Thompson", In The Loop, April 7. 

 

2014

Mebel, Anna, “Vol. 16,” Tea Literary Magazine, May, pp. 36,37 (with illustration).

Katona, Steven, "Drawing Seniors Tease End-of-Year Show," The Independent Florida Alligator, January 29. 

 

2013

Katona, Steven, "Art Students 'Quarantine' Work in Retiz Union Gallery," The Independent Florida Alligator, November 20 (with illustration). 

Katona, Steven, "Interactive Art Exhibit Opening in Reitz Tonight Aims to Help People Understand Feminism," The Independent Florida Alligator, August 28. 

Mebel, Anna, "Vol. 15," Tea Literary Magazine, April, pp. 42,59 (with illustration).

Katona, Steven, "In the Gallery Right Meow: 'Just Cats,'" The Independent Florida Alligator, January 31. 

 

2012

Cochrum, Amy, "'Dream State' Exhibit Opens at Reitz Union," The Independent Florida Alligator, January 20 (with illustration). 

 

HONORS/AWARDS:

 

2016

The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences Residency, Rabun Gap, GA

 

2014

Student Creative Research Awards-Best of School Award, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Creativity in the Arts and Sciences Collaboration Winner, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Dennis and Colette Campay Studio Art Scholarship, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Carolyn A. Novogrodsky Memorial Award for Artistic Pursuits, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL