Mount St. Joseph University (Mount) is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new artist residency featuring renowned Cincinnati artist Michael Thompson, the first art residency in the history of the University.

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CINCINNATI, Oh. – This residency aims to foster a dynamic exchange of artistic ideas and creativity within the Mount Community.

Michael Thompson, a prominent figure in Cincinnati's contemporary art scene, has made a significant impact with his unique and thought-provoking artworks. Known for his striking blend of traditional techniques and modern concepts, Thompson's work has been celebrated for its ability to challenge perspectives and evoke deep emotional responses.

"We are delighted to welcome Michael Thompson to our campus for his groundbreaking residency at the Mount. His innovative artistic vision aligns perfectly with our commitment to fostering creativity and making community connections. This residency will provide the Mount Community and our students with valuable insights into the world of contemporary art, and it will allow our students to have a real connection with an inspiring young artist,” said Michaelann Kelley, chair and associate professor, Department of Art & Design.

The artist residency program, a collaboration between Mount St. Joseph University and Michael Thompson, will span five months and offer an exceptional opportunity for students to engage with an accomplished artist in a meaningful way. Throughout the residency, Michael Thompson will be offering lectures, workshops, and exhibitions to share his works and insights. These events will provide a unique opportunity for art enthusiasts and students to engage directly with Thompson's work and gain inspiration from his journey as an artist.

“The Mount has a real commitment to the arts and we prioritize our students making connections with local artists and the local art scene,” said Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities, Michael Sontag. “Michael is someone who students can look up to and the campus as a whole will benefit from this first ever art residency.”

Thompson is an Artist-in-Residence Emeritus at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. He is also a TEDx Speaker and a BLINK 2022 Muralist. His work has been shown and included in nationally and internationally renowned museums, exhibitions, festivals, and conferences, and most recently in The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. 

Thompson commented on the residency, saying, "I am honored and excited to be part of the Mount St. Joseph University community. This residency allows me to explore creative complexity in my work while collaborating with aspiring artists and art enthusiasts. I look forward to sharing my experiences and allowing my art to be influenced by this community."

“Education is very important to me and I prioritize art as a community catalyst. The fact that it is the first ever residency, I look forward to building something from the ground up that is truly focused on creative thinking and collaboration. Being immersed in campus life, I will have such a bigger role with the students, allowing them to be a part of the behind the scenes and inviting them to become part of my ecosystem and practice.”

Thompson is already working on his own projects in the Mount’s Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery on campus. He will work on pieces that will ultimately be featured in an exhibition that will start on January 16 and go until February 19.

About the Mount

As a Catholic institution rooted in the values of the Sisters of Charity, Mount St. Joseph University excels at serving the common good. Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students at the Mount are inspired to think beyond the classroom and redraw the bounds of what’s possible for their futures. This is accomplished through individualized educational experiences, a safe, secure campus environment, and an all-in commitment from faculty and staff to inspire students to reach their highest potential. The Mount fosters life-long learners who serve, care, and contribute to the world beyond their front doors.