Anne Thompson

Anne Thompson

2015-2016 Reynolds Fellow

  University fellow
  Reynolds Journalism Institute
  Columbia, Missouri


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About Anne Thompson

Artist and writer Anne Thompson is the founder and curator of the I-70 Sign Show, a public-art billboard and event project (launched in April 2014) that positions the Midwestern interstate as a site for cultural and political commentary.

Her studio practice uses painting, works on paper, needlepoint, and artist’s books to explore communication systems around language, color, and decor. Thompson has had solo exhibitions in New York and Berlin, and her work is in public collections including the Yale Art Gallery, the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, the New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress. Before receiving her master’s of fine arts (Yale 2002), Thompson was a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press. She is a contributing reviewer for Artforum and lives in Columbia, Missouri, with her husband and daughter.

Anne Thompson is the founder and curator of the I-70 Sign Show, a public-art billboard and event project, and a 2015-2016 RJI Fellow.

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Anne Thompson's fellowship project

As journalism continues to explore new ways to engage and define its audience, a natural place to look for innovation and insight is the world of visual arts. Anne Thompson, an adjunct assistant professor in the University of Missouri’s Art Department, conducted “news-art” experiments and continued her nationally recognized “I-70 Sign Show” billboard project as an RJI Fellow.

One of her experiments was "Art in the Newspaper." Readers of the Columbia Daily Tribune received a poster that featured the art of Jeff Gibson in their newspaper on Valentine's Day. They were invited to come together for at the Reynolds Journalism Institute to have a discussion about the artwork. According to Thompson, "Art, like the news, can inspire deep emotion."

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