Jeff Thompson

School: College of Arts & Letters
Building: Morton
Room: 208
MFA, Rutgers University, 2006
BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2004

Creative programming, data visualization, physical computing, algorithmic design

General Information


Jeff Thompson is an artist, programmer, and educator based in the NYC area. Through code, sculpture, sound, and performance, Thompson's work physicalizes and gives materiality to otherwise invisible technological processes.

Thompson has exhibited and performed his work internationally at venues including the Museum of the Moving Image, Tufts University, Fridman Gallery, Somerset House, Sheldon Museum of Art, Drugo-more, Salzburger Kunstverein, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. Recent commissions and residencies include SPACES, Bell Labs, the Computer Laboratory at University of Cambridge, Abandon Normal Devices, Brighton Digital Festival, Impakt, Rhizome, Turbulence, Harvestworks, and Holland Computing Center, the supercomputing facility for the University of Nebraska system. With Angeles Cossio, Thompson co-founded the experimental curatorial project Drift Station, which has mounted exhibitions and publications across the US and online.

Honors & Awards
  • Artist-in-Residence at SPACES (2020)
  • Artist-in-Residence at University of Nevada, Reno (2019)
  • Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Art (2019)
  • Visiting Fellow (King's College) and Artist-in-Residence (Computer Laboratory), University of Cambridge (2018)
  • Nokia Bell Labs Faculty Fellow in the Arts (2018)
  • Artist-in-Residence at Willapa Bay (2018)
  • Digital Spring Festival commission (2018)
  • Artist-in-Residence at Wave Farm (2017)
  • Artist-in-Residence at Bell Labs (2016)
  • Artist-in-Residence at Center for New Art, William Patterson University (2016)
  • Brighton Digital Festival Commission (2015)
  • Artist-in-Residence at (2014)
  • Commission (2014)
  • Creativity + Technology = Enterprise Grant, Harvestworks (2013)
  • Rhizome Commission (2012)
  • Artist-in-Residence at the Holland Computing Center, University of Nebraska–Lincoln (2009-2013)
  • Van Lier Fellowship, Harvestworks (2008)
  • Commission (2007)
  • Elsewhere Artist Collaborative
    Artist-in-Residence: 2007 and 2009 (with Angeles Cossio)
  • Vermont Studio Center, Nadine Goldsmith Fellowship (2006)
  • HAR 271 Creative Programming
  • HAR 372 Technology and the Landscape
  • HAR 250 Data Visualization I
  • HAR 470 Interactive Installations