About

Kathleen Thum received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and her MFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Thum’s widely exhibited drawings, paintings and wall installations, explore the ongoing shifting of power between mankind and earth. Selected group exhibitions include Transforming Politics at the William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, Virginia and SouthxEast at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Her recent past Solo and Two-Person shows include exhibitions at University of Alabama in Huntsville and Broward College in Davie, Florida.

Thum has been awarded several fellowships to attend artist residencies, such as the Millay Colony in upstate New York, and the Jentel Artist Residency in Wyoming. Thum presented her artwork at the 2018 International Petrocultures Conference, a multi-disciplinary conference on oil cultures and energy humanities, in Glasgow, United Kingdom and in the 2016 Petrocultures Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Thum currently teaches Drawing as an Associate Professor in the Art Department at Clemson University in upstate South Carolina, where she lives with her husband and fourteen-year-old son.

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SOLO/TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2019 Linefills, Marilyn Foley Art Gallery, University of Mobile, Mobile, AL

2019 Carbon Footprints, Greenville Technical College, Benson Gallery, Greenville, SC

2019 OilWorks, Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery, Coker University, Hartsville, SC

2017 Gathering Lines; Kathleen Thum Wilson Hall Gallery, University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL

2016 Petrolia; Kathleen Thum, M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL

2016 Carrying Capacity; Kathleen Thum, Wiseman Gallery, Rogue Community College, Grants Pass, OR

2014 Residuum; New Work by Kathleen Thum, Thompson Gallery, Furman University, Greenville, SC

2014 Kathleen Thum and Austin Ballard, Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, Broward College, Davie, FL

2012 This is the Way, Step Inside, Dolce Valvo Art Gallery, Niagara County Community College, Sanbom, NY

2010 Paintings and Drawings by Kathleen Thum, Lake George Arts Project, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George, NY

2008 Kathleen Thum: Wall Drawings, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, OH

2007 Pseudopodia, Drawings by Kathleen Thum, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 (Upcoming) Three-Person Exhibition, Birke Art Gallery, Marshall University, Huntington, WV

2021 TAPPED, Artists and Their Professors, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2020 Transforming Politics: Art Made by Women, William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, VA

2020 31st National Drawing and Print Exhibition, Gormley Gallery, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD

2020 Environmental, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2020 100 Miles, Bunzi Gallery, The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts, Highlands, NC

2020 The Shape of Things, 701 CCA Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC

2019 Drawn, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2019 Adaptations to Extremes, An Art-Science Collaboration, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George, NT

2019 10th Annual Drawing Discourse, Holden Gallery, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC

2018 SouthXeast, Contemporary Southeastern Art, Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

2017 Unnatural History, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC

2016 Sustain, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2016 Flesh Anew, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2016 Nowhere Everywhere, Thompson Gallery, Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, MA

2016 Works on Paper IV, Jeffrey Leder Gallery, Long Island City, NY

2016 Paper in Particular National Exhibition, Sidney Larson Gallery, Columbia College, Columbia, MO

2016 Abstraction Part I, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT

2015 Ley Lines: Connecting Media, Process, Imagery and Concept Across Contemporary Drawing, Hammond Hall Gallery, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL

2015 FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art, Reece Museum, Eastern Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

2015 SECAC 2015 Juried Exhibition, Future Tenant Art Space, Pittsburgh, PA

2015 Interventions, The Fuse Factory Art and Technology Lab, Pearl Conrad Gallery, Ohio State University at Mansfield, OH

2015 Man + Land + Water, Rutledge Gallery, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

2015 Navigating the Natural, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC

2015 Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Bradley University Galleries, Peoria, IL

2015 6th Annual Drawing Discourse, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC

2015 Located Place, Kresge Gallery, Lyon College, Batesville, AK

2014 Salvage: A Group Exhibition, Parkland Art Gallery, Parkland College, Champaign, IL

2014 Collage + Assemblage, (SCENE) Metrospace, East Lansing, MI

2014 Landscape Today and Tomorrow, Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery, SUNY Geneseo, NY

2014 Systematic, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

2014 Live Amateurs, MINT Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2013 Vista, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

2013 Kathleen Thum, Gary Noland and Jackie Brown, ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, OH

2013 26th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA

2013 Icebreaker 4, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO

2013 Kentucky National 2013, The Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY

2013 Biennial FATE Members Exhibition, Alexander Hall Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

2012 Into Abstraction, Hyde Art Gallery, Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA

2012 Small Works, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

2012 EcoLogical, Carey House Gallery, Salem Art Works, Salem, NY

2012 Flux, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY

2012 Innovations, Dowd Gallery, State University of New York at Cortland, NY

2012 Drawing Discourse, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, University of North Carolina at Ashville, NC

2011 Anonymous Drawing Archive, A Blutenweirss Project, Sihlquai55 Offspace Visarte, Zurich, Germany

2011 Chain Letter, Samson Projects, Boston, MA

2011 Made in NY, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY

2010 Anonymous Drawing Archive, A Blutenweiss Project, Uferhallen, Berlin, Germany

2010 Are You of The Body?, School 33, Baltimore, MD

2010 postMARK, Foundation Gallery, Columbia Greene Community College, Hudson, NY

2009 Five, Villa Maria College, Paul William Beltz Family Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2009 Anonymous Drawings #10, A Blutenweiss Project, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

2009 Was Kostet Die Welt? How Much is the World?, Walpodenakademie, Mainz, Germany

2009 No Money, No Problems, Recession Art at Invisible Dog Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2008 Make, Shift, Home, Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2008 Mixed Paint, New Work by 12 Contemporary Artists, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY

2007 HardEdgeSoft, Cazenovia College Art Gallery, Cazenovia, NY

2006 Saltonstall, The First 10 Years, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2006 Selections from the National Drawing Annual, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2005 Attention to Detail, Gloria Kennedy Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2005 Mapping, ALL Gallery, New Haven, CT

2005 International Print and Drawing Exhibition, The University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

2005 Leading Lights, Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

2005 Breathing Space; Collaborative Video Installation, Loupe Gallery, Prattsburgh, NY

2005 Drawing and Print Exhibition, Gormley Gallery, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

2004 Intimacy, Memory and Imagination, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH

2004 Collaborative Wall Drawing, West Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
AWARDS, GRANTS and HONORS

2021 Equipment Support Grant, CAAH, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

2020 Faculty Research Development Grant, CAAH, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

2018 Quarterly Support Grant Award, South Carolina Arts Commission, Columbia, SC

2018 Sabbatical Award, Fall Semester, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

2016 Quarterly Support Grant Award, South Carolina Arts Commission, Columbia, SC

2016 Fellowship, Jentel Artist Residency Program, Banner, WY

2016 Faculty Research Development Grant, CAAH, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

2014 Special Project Funding Grant, CAF, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

2013 Faculty Research Fellowship, CAAH, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

2009 NYFA Mark Program Recipient, New York Foundation for the Arts, NY

2005 Fellowship, Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca, NY
RESIDENCIES

2018 Artist Residency, November, Millay Artist Colony, Austerlitz, NY

2018 Artist Residency, September, Hambidge Creative Residency Program, Rabun Gap, GA

2016 Artist Residency, May – June, Jentel Artist Residency, Banner, WY

2011 Artist in Residence, May-June, Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy

2005 Artist Residency, May-June, Saltonstall Art Colony, Ithaca, NY

2004 Artist in Residence, Oregon State University, Jumpstart Program, Corvallis, OR

2003 Artist in Residence, Oregon State University, Jumpstart Program, Corvallis, OR

2002 Artist Residency, June, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2001 Printmaking Residency, February, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
PUBLICATIONS

2017 International Drawing Annual Exhibition in Print, Volume 11, p. 171, Manifest Press

2016 New American Paintings, No. 124, June/July, p. 134-137

2015 International Drawing Annual Exhibition in Print, Volume 9, p. 167-168, Manifest Press

2014 International Drawing Annual Exhibition in Print, Volume 8, p. 151, Manifest Press

2010 Reflections Magazine, Yale University Publication, Spring 2010 issue, artwork featured on cover

2007 Awake and Pseudopodia, Volume 17, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, 2007

2005 Manifest National Drawing Annual Exhibition in Print, Manifest Press
Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, 2005

2003 FAESTHETIC Magazine, Issue #3, 2003,
A four-page spread in a yearly art and design publication, 1,000 copies printed

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

2019 Artist Talk, Marilyn Foley Art Gallery, University of Mobile, Mobile, AL

2019 Visiting Artist, Coker University, Hartsville, SC

2018 “The Illusion and Substance of Oil”, Presenter, Petrocultures 2018 Conference, University of Glasgow,
Glasgow, UK

2017 Artist Talk, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC

Artist Talk, Wilson Hall Gallery, University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL

2016 “Imagined Petroscapes”, Lecture, Petrocultures 2016 Conference, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

2015 “Art in the Age of the Anthropocene”, Session Chair, SECAC Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

“Pipe Dreams: Contemporary Art, Activism and the Culture of Oil”, Panelist, SECAC Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

2014 Artist Talk, Thompson Gallery, Furman University, Greenville, SC

2014 Artist Talk, Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, Broward College, Davie, FL

2012 Artist Talk, Niagara County Community College, Sanbom, NY

2011 Visiting Artist, Pratt MWP, Utica, NY

2008 Western Ohio Education Association Workshop, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, OH, Instructor

2000 Printmaking Workshop, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH, Presenter

2000 “Gender Issues in Art”, Panel Member, Women Studies Department, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH,

CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE

2018 Juror, Congressional Art Competition Greenville County, Clemson One Building, Greenville, SC

2016 Juror, Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition, Artisphere 2016, Founder’s Room, Greenville, SC

2014-2015 Juror, Artisphere 2015, Fine Art and Fine Craft Festival, Greenville, SC

2013 Curator, Jeanet Dreskin Exhibition, Lee Gallery, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, January 6 – February 13, 2014

2013 Curator, Diverso: Drawings from Italy, Dean’s Gallery, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, September 15, 2013 – November 12, 2014

2012 Juror, Devising Composition, OLLI Institute at Patrick Square, Clemson, SC, December

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2017-present Associate Professor, Drawing, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

2011-2017 Assistant Professor, Drawing, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

2006-2011 Visiting Assistant Professor, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

2003-2006 Visiting Assistant Professor, Freshman Foundations
New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY

2003-2004 Instructor, Jumpstart, The Pre-college Visual Arts Workshop,
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

2001-2003 Instructor, Drawing, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

EDUCATION

1998-2000 Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, Master of Fine Arts

1999 Studio Arts Center International, Florence, Italy, Late Spring Session

1989-1992 Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD, Bachelor of Fine Arts

1988-1989 Kean College of New Jersey, Union, NJ

1987 – 1988 Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY