BIO

My name is Ashlee Rene Thompson and I am currently a graduate student pursuing the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art degree and certificate in Museum Studies at The University of Alabama. I am a contemporary visual artist from Montgomery, Alabama. In previous academia, I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts as well as my Master of Liberal Arts degree from Auburn University at Montgomery in Montgomery, AL. Since 2015, I have served as an adjunct instructor for the Fine Arts department at Auburn University at Montgomery. Alongside teaching, I have continued making works of art and have proudly exhibited in national and international juried shows. As far as curatorial experience, I have worked with several gallery spaces as a curator and exhibit designer. In particular, I served as the volunteer chairperson of the exhibition committee for the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery in Wetumpka, AL during 2018. I currently live and work in Tuscaloosa, AL.

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Ashlee René Thompson


Education

2022    Currently Enrolled: Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art

              The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

              Currently Enrolled: Museum Studies Certificate

              The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

               Expected Graduation date: May 2022

2013     Master of Liberal Arts 

             Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama

2011     Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, Minor in Art History

             Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama

Academic Honors and Awards

2021-2022 Graduate Council Fellowship from The University of Alabama

2021-2022: The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

2021: 0.25 FTE Graduate Teaching Assistantship from The University of Alabama

2020-Present: Honors Society: Strength and Honor

2020-Present: Golden Key International Honour Society

2019-2020: Emily Irene Thames Fellowship from The University of Alabama


Solo Exhibitions

2021    “Synaptic Transmission,” Sella-Granata Art Gallery at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL


2013    “Hoof Prints throughout History,” Goodwyn Hall Art Gallery at Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery, AL


Group Exhibitions and Awards

2021   

“Graduate Pop-Up Art Exhibition,” Sella-Granata Art Gallery at The University of Alabama,            Tuscaloosa, AL

“55th Annual Montgomery Art Guild Regions Bank Exhibition,” Regions Bank-RSA Tower,                  Montgomery, AL


“Me, Myself, and I” Online Exhibition, The In Art Gallery (online)    

https://theinartgallery.com/open-theme


 “Artist of the Month for July 2021,” ART JOBS. 

https://www.artjobs.com/op/artist-of-the-month/2021


“11th Annual Open Online Art Exhibition,” Light Space & Time Online Art Galley. https://www.lightspacetime.art/open-art-exhibition-august-2021/


“2nd Annual Open Theme” Online Exhibition, The In Art Gallery (online)

https://theinartgallery.com/open-theme


“Emergence” Exhibition, Tennessee Valley Museum of Art in Tuscumbia, AL


“Graduate Pop-Up Art Exhibition,” Sella-Granata Art Gallery at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL


2020   

“54th Annual Montgomery Art Guild Regions Bank Exhibition,” Regions Bank (RSA Tower), Montgomery, AL


“Montgomery Art Guild Regions Too Online Exhibition,” online gallery based out of Montgomery, AL (https://www.montgomeryartguild.org/mag-regions-part2)    


2019   

“Fall Showcase of New and Returning Graduate Students,” Sella-Granata Art Gallery at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL


“Central Alabama Showcase,” Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery in Wetumpka, AL

Awards: Honorable Mention for 2-D Art (not under glass) category for Geometrie Bleu


“Tulatoma Art Trail,” Artist Showcase/Art Walk in Wetumpka, AL


2017   

“Elmore County Art Guild 33rd Annual Show,” Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery in Wetumpka, AL


2016   

“Blue Iguana Local Artist Showcase,” Blue Iguana Bar and Grill, Prattville, AL

Live Artist Demonstration and Art Sale


“Elmore County Art Guild 32nd Annual Show,” Wetumpka Depot Players Theatre in Wetumpka, AL, Award: 1st place award in 3-D, Sculpture, & Pottery Category for Horse Chinese Symbol


2015   

“Alabama National Fair Art Guild Show,” Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, AL


“Prattauga Art Guild Fall Art Show,” Prattville Creative Arts Center in Prattville, AL


“Elmore County Art Guild 31st Annual Show,” Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery in Wetumpka, AL


2014   

“Second Annual TAG: Artists for Animals" Art Show, Cool Beans Café de Art in Montgomery, AL

“Elmore County Art Guild 29th Annual Winter Show,” Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery in Wetumpka, AL, Award: Honorable Mention for Cubist Diego in 2-D art (not under glass)


Press

2021   

“Artists Speak about Mental Health.” ARTSY SHARK, 11 August 2021, https://www.artsyshark.com/2021/08/11/artists-speak-about-mental-health/.

           

“Graduate Students’ Artwork Accepted into National Venues,” Department of Art and Art History, 6 August 2021, https://art.ua.edu/news/graduate-students-artwork-accepted-to-national-venues/.


“Artist of the Month for July 2021,” ART JOBS, 4 August 2021, https://www.artjobs.com/op/artist-of-the-month/2021


“UA Art Student, Alumni Selected for New Tennessee Valley Juried Exhibition.” Department of Art and Art History, 4 May 2021, http://art.ua.edu/news/ua-art-student-alumni-selected-for-new-tennessee-valley-juried-exhibition/.  


Nakashima, Monica. “How Two Art Graduate Students Are Making Their Exhibitions Personal.” The Crimson White, March 29, 2021. https://cw.ua.edu/81259/culture/how-two-art-graduate-students-are-making-their-exhibitions-personal/


2019   

“René Thompson: Graduate Art Student Exhibit 2019.” UA College of Arts & Sciences. UA

Department of Art and Art History.” Vimeo, Tuesday, October 8, 2019. https://vimeo.com/365052268.


Research and Curatorial Experience

2021   

Student Work in Museums (SWIM) proposal accepted for presentation at the Southeastern Museums Conference 2021 Annual Meeting (October 27, 2021)


Project Manager for “Weaving Muscogee Creek Culture: The Artistry of Mary Smith” in the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL (dates set for October 2021-March 2022)


Co-curated “14 Select(ions)” in the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art at The University of Alabama which was on display from March 22- May 7, 2021


Presented Solo Gallery Exhibition titled “Synaptic Transmission” for thesis towards MFA degree in Sella-Granata Art Gallery at The University of Alabama in March 2021


2018   

Chairperson of Exhibition Committee with the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery (KFMG) from January 2018 to December 2018 (volunteer)

  • “Originally From Alabama;” September 2017-January 2018, Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery, Wetumpka, AL

  • “Collectors and Collections Part 1: Connecting Genres and Generations;” March 2018-May 2018, Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery, Wetumpka, AL

  • “Collectors and Collections Part 2: From the River Region;” June 2018-August 2018, Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery, Wetumpka, AL

  • “Central Alabama Showcase;” September 2018-January 2019, Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery, Wetumpka, AL

  • “Broader Horizons: Collectors and Creators (Exploring Our World);” January 14-April 25, 2019, Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery, Wetumpka, AL

Board Member with the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery from January 2017 to December 2018 (volunteer)


Served as liaison between the KFMG and Montgomery Art Guild from January 2017 to October 2018 (volunteer)

2013   

Research assistant for Professor Kate Lemay at Auburn University at Montgomery


Research assistant for Dr. Keri Watson at Auburn University at Montgomery from August 2012 to March 2013

Professional Experience

2021               

Graduate Teaching Assistant for Drawing I (ART 110) at The University of Alabama (Spring 2021)

2019-2021     

Lead Graduate Assistant for Student Employment Services at The University of Alabama


2015-2021     

Adjunct Instructor for Introduction to Visual Arts (VISU 1000) at Auburn University at Montgomery


2016-2019      

Academic Advisor in the Office of Central Advising (formerly known as the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center) at Auburn University at Montgomery

 
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