Julie Thompson, artist
To begin our Student Spotlight, we present a Winthrop University BFA student from our Department of Fine Arts…Julie Thompson.
1. Where is your hometown?
2. Why did you choose to be an art major?
Growing up, I loved to draw and paint horses and then as a sophomore in high school, I took my first art class and everything just clicked…and here I am today.
3. What do you want to do with your degree?
I want to work in a gallery or museum with an exhibit design department.
4. What are a few books that you’d recommend reading?
I need to read more.
5. Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t know or guess about you.
I’m classically trained in Russian and Italian Ballet.
6. What is your favorite spot on campus?
My studio space, it’s my own little bubble.
7. Who’s your favorite professor and why?
Shaun Cassidy – because he has a great approach towards makings art and always finds positivity in a situation.
8. Who are your role models?
My Dad, he is a great example of strength and hard work.
9. What is your favorite album/ lyrics/ band?
Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin
10. Predict your future.
If I were to predict my future 30 years from now ( age 53 ), I will be living in Europe, married, no children, making art and working for a big contemporary gallery.
11. If you were giving a campus tour, where would you take them?
Inside student studios to show them what we are really up to.
Julie Thompson, Winthrop University student
12. What are your favorite websites?
I’m not internet savvy, sorry.
13. Tell us about a great experience.
When studying abroad in Florence, Italy, my Fresco and Restoration professor showed our class never before seen drawing by Michelangelo that he and his colleagues discovered in the basement of the San Lorenzo Church.
14. What surprised you about Winthrop?
I didn’t expect the art department to turn me into the artist I am now.
15. What has been your greatest challenge?
Learning how to accept failure as a positive learning experience.
16. What will you miss about Winthrop after graduation?
I will miss the creative environment from my professors and peers.
17. What advice do you have for incoming freshman?
Never leave Rutledge! It’s your home!
18. If you could write a letter to your younger self what would it say?
Take art more seriously, faster in life.
19. Tell us about your experience in an internship, volunteer, a research project or co-op.
Working with the Curator of Contemporary Art, Brad Thomas, from The Mint Museum, I had the opportunity to meet and work with artist, Thornton Dial, for the opening of his exhibition ‘Hard Truths.’
20. Best place in Rock Hill to grab a bite to eat.
21. Who are your artistic influences?
22. If you were at a dinner party and could invite five people from all time, dead or alive, who would you invite?
and Javier Bardem.
Julie Thompson – Creating art
Thank you for granting us this interview, Julie! Best wishes in your endeavors and your art career!
Let’s end on a note about Julie from one of her professors and a Fine Artist, Stacey Davidson:
“It’s her drive, and the way she does her thinking through the materials she works with. She is incredibly driven; she HAS to work. It’s inspiring.”