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UArts welcomes Cynthia Nourse Thompson as Director of MFA programs in Book Arts / Printmaking and Studio Arts


The University of the Arts is delighted to announce Cynthia Nourse Thompson has been appointed as the Director of the BookArts/Printmaking and Studio Arts MFA programs, effective June 1st, 2014. Cynthia will join us from the Unviersity of Arkansas where she is currently Curator and Director of Exhibitions as well as an Associate Professor. Prior to this appointment, Cynthia was a full professor at Memphis College of Art and served as the chair of the Division of Fine Arts during her final year. For over twelve years, she ran the book arts, letterpress and papermaking areas at MCA, and for seven of those years she additionally served as Curator and Director of visiting artist lectures. As Curator, she created the New Visions Exhibitions Series which brought the work of internationally known artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Petah Coyne, Andres Serrano, Jenny Holzer, Oscar Munoz, and Gary Schneider to MCA, UNiversity of Arkansas and the comminity at large. Lectures by Juan Sanchez, Ghada Amer, Willie Cole and Polly Apfelbaum took place under her tenure.