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Florida State University Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art, Tallahassee, FL


Northern Kentucky University, Bachelor of Fine Arts: Painting, Highland Heights, KY


KIIS Study Abroad via Murray State University, Advanced Photography, Professor Barry Andersen, Jean Monnet FIAP, Paris, France



The Maple Terrace Artist Residency Program (Inaugural AiR October-December), Brooklyn, NY

The Wassaic Project Artist Residency (June), Wassaic, NY


Vermont Studio Center, with artist grant, (July), Johnson, VT

International Sculpture Center Student Award Nominee

Mary Ola Reynolds Miller Endowed Graduate Scholarship in Visual Arts, FSU


Boom Gallery Fellowship (June), Cincinnati, OH

FSU Exceptional Opportunity Award, FSU


Andy McLaughlin Memorial Endowment, FSU




Fun Baggage: Brittany Ham and Elise Thompson, Mantle Art Space, San Antonio, TX


Below Ground/Above Ground, Also Gallery,


Chunk: Scott Bell and Elise Thompson, 500 X Gallery, Dallas, TX

Portal 4: Cast Shadows and Feelings, SOUP Experimental and Cat Family Records, Tallahassee, FL


Threw It, Through It, SOUP Experimental, Tallahassee, FL


Squish Squish Pop Pop: Paintings by Scott Bell & Elise Thompson, Oglesby Gallery, Tallahassee, FL


Amiable Strangers: Painting by Elise Thompson & Nathan Weikert, Boom Gallery, Cincinnati, OH



IN THE WAKE OF SLUMBER, juried by Natalia Nakazawa, Paradice Palase, Brooklyn, NY

Mythopoeia, curated by Nathan Mullins, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL


Shapeshifters, Terrain Gallery (online during COVID-19), Spokane, WA (curated by Joe Hedges)

home:body, Distance Gallery, (curated by Shayna Cohn)

Living Easy, Where The Sun Doesn’t Shine, BS Projects, Houston, TX (curated by Bret Shirley)


Ad Astra Per Aspera, The Wassaic Project: Maxon Mills, Wassaic, NY (curated by The Wassaic Project)

Soft Science, Abrams Claghorn Gallery, Albany, CA (curated by Chelsea Raflo)

Traditions: Compounded, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC

Alternate Dimensions, Miller Gallery, Charleston, SC

Salad Days, Young Space Online (curated by Kate Mothes) 


Excavations; Shindig, Mantle Art Space, San Antonio, TX (curated by Saralene Tapley)

F.P.O.V. (Female POV), MOTT NYC, Manhattan, NY (curated by Carlos E. Kempff Seleme)

Annual Faculty Exhibition, Museum of Fine Art, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL


Wassaic Project Open Studios, The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY

Utopia/Dystopia, Gallery 2, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Annual Faculty Exhibition, Museum of Fine Art, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

The Figure: Interpreted Through Contemporary Mediums, Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY


Water Hose Project Show, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Fresh American Art, ArtMe Today, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Space Between You And Me, Museum of Fine Arts, MFA Thesis FSU, Tallahassee, FL

The Big Reveal, The Art Academy, Cincinnati, OH


Aqua Art Miami, Aqua Hotel, Miami, FL

Concrete Acquaintance, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

Perspectives: Art, Liver Diseases, and Me, Reed Messe Congress Centre. Vienna, Austria

Art + Language, Phyllis Straus Gallery, Tallahassee, FL


Built, Working Method Contemporary, Tallahassee, FL

Last Friday, The Plant, Tallahassee, FL

10×10, Boom Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

Shift, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

MAGENTA Show, Modern Makers at Niehoff Urban Studio, Cincinnati, OH


Material Witness, Dalton Gallery of Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA (Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia)

Unsettled Bodies, Phoenix Center For The Arts, Phoenix, AZ (Juror Edna Dapo)


Fourth Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA (Juror Amy Freeman)

Golden Ticket, Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH (Jurors Aaron Betsky, Tina Tammaro, and Anthony Luensman)

The History of the Universe Part One: In the Beginning, Museum Gallery/Gallery Museum, Cincinnati, OH (curated by Chris Reeves)

Bluegrass Biennial, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY (Juror Becky Alley)


More is More, Lexington Art League’s Loudoun House, Lexington, KY (Juror Melissa                                 Vandenberg)

Lady Parts, Southgate House Gallery, Newport, KY

Artists of the 21st Century, West Tennessee Regional Art Center, Humbolt, TN (Juror Andrea D. Rudloff)



Jan. 2020-Present: Freelance Artist Writer and Editor, Remote

I write, proofread, and edit artist statements, bios, proposals, letters of intent, CVs, and more for other artists and creatives.

Mar. 2019-Present: Studio Art, Research, and Administrative Assistant, New York, NY

Providing creative clients with a broad range of administrative and creative assistance including but not limited to scheduling, organizational spreadsheets, mailing lists/newsletters, writing/copyediting of literature, website management, social media management, photographing and editing/retouching documentation of artwork and portraiture, managing digital archives, liaison to artists and galleries, assistance at art fairs, research, and other aspects of administration when presented. Production skills include ceramics, e.g., glazing, slabs, hand building, mounting 2D works, packing of artwork, installation for trade/design shows, carpentry, stenciling, painting, art courier, and more.

Jan. 2017-Present: Florida State University, Department of Art, Instructor of Record, Tallahassee, FL 

Lecture and Writing Courses:

Art and the Environment and Contemporary Art as Mirror: E-Series courses in Cultural Practice and Scholarship In Practice in art history. Includes weekly writings/discussions, 3 CMS formatted research papers, and a visual presentation to accompany a formal essay on original analysis. A team of TAs is managed as support.

Jan. 2015-Dec. 2018: Florida State University Department of Art, Instructor of Record, Tallahassee, FL 

Foundational, Intermediate, and Advanced Studio Courses:

Drawing Foundations, Figure Painting, Experimental Painting, Advanced Painting, Contemporary Art and Design Foundations (lecture and writing)

Aug. 2016-Dec. 2018: Mill Street D11, Studio Manager, Tallahassee, FL

Manages and maintains 3-4 studio artists at a time with space, equipment, studio meetings, public critiques, sublets, etc.

Mar. 2016-Mar. 2017: 621 Gallery, Co-Executive Director, Tallahassee, FL

Implemented/facilitated 621’s mission via strategic plan, exhibitions, programs, public outreach, fundraising, etc. Development and oversight of budget, curation, exhibition design, art handling/installation, educational programming/internships, and special events and performances

Aug. 2015-May 2016: Florida State University, Visiting Artist Committee, Tallahassee, FL

Academic year 2015-16: coordinating graduate studio visits, moderating group critiques, evaluating nominees, and securing confirmations for the following year

Jan. 2014-Jan. 2015: Working Method Contemporary, Gallery Director, Tallahassee, FL

Exhibition planning/design, art handling/installation, and PR for FSU’s MFA gallery in collaboration with Social Media Director and Graphic Designer to maintain website and social media presence

Jun. 2013-Aug. 2013, Jun. 2014-Aug. 2014, & Jun. 2015-Aug. 2015: ArtWorks Cincinnati, Teaching Artist, Cincinnati, OH

Led teams of 12 young adults ages 15-21 with two other instructors in facilitating large-scale outdoor painted murals: “Energy and Grace” after artist Kim Krause in 2013, “Heroes in Color” for teacher free-store Crayons to Computers 2014, and the Samuel Adams Brewing History mural in 2015.  Instructed in techniques of painting, color mixing, and task management

Sept. 2011-Jun. 2013: Contemporary Arts Center, Preparator/Registrar, Cincinnati, OH

Worked w/ exhibiting artists/foundations, visiting and in-house curatorial teams in installation/de-installation, handling and packing, drywall fabrication, electrical installation/wiring, loan checklists, etc.

Jun. 2011-Sept. 2011, Apr. 2012-Dec. 2012: Cincinnati Art Museum, Registration Internship, Cincinnati, OH

Managed curatorial files, historical documents, and collection inventory e.g. accession statuses, storage/gallery locations, and loans. Art storage problem-solving, art courier, art handling, photo documentation, and interdepartmental projects



Mullins, Nathan, Mythopoeia, limited ed. book to accompany the exhibition, designed by Drum Machine Productions, Print, Apr. 2021


Artists To Watch | Elise Thompson: Transparency And Ambiguity, VAST Magazine, Issue 1, Digital and Print, Aug. 2020

Meet the Women Behind 2020’s New Lines Alleyway Murals, ArtWorks Cincinnati, Oct. 2020


Friend of the Artist Vol. 8 Interview with Taylor O. Thomas, Print and Digital, US

Hayes, Melissa, Alternate Dimensions at Miller Gallery presents whimsical creations in an all-female exhibition, Charleston City Paper, Feb. 2019


Miller Gallery Features Fresh Work and Faces in “Alternate Dimensions”. Holy City Sinner, Dec. 2018,


ArtWorks Cincinnati, Transforming Cincinnati: How a Decade of ArtWorks Murals Changed People and Communities Forever, Orange Frazer Press, December 2017

DeBlasio, Victoria, VICTORIA DEBLASIO on Elise Thompson’s Threw It Through It, SOUPmedia, April 2017,


New American Paintings #124 South, Juror Emily Stamey, June/July 2016


Hedges, Joe. Amiable Strangers: Paintings by Elise Thompson and Nathan Weikert, Boom Gallery, July 2015

Seda-Reeder, Maria. Art: Amiable Strangers: Paintings by Elise Thompson and Nathan Weikert, CityBeat,

July 22, 2015

Lauw, Haley. Things That Matter, limited edition lexicon to accompany the work of Haley Lauw


Grissom, Harriette. Review: Irony overshadows angst, humor edges anger in show of women artists at Agnes Scott, Arts ATL, October 17, 2013


Redder, Maxwell. Stand-In God, AEQAI Journal of Critical thinking and Review in Contemporary Art,

July 29, 2012


Morris, Matt. Lady Parts, CityBeat, June 2011, p15