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May I Introduce Dan Thompson?

1 May 2011

Persian Archer by Dan Thompson, 18 x 28, oil painting, 2004.

Persian Archer by Dan Thompson, 18 x 28, oil painting, 2004.

Dan Thompson: Weekend With the Masters Instructor

Dan Thompson was born in Alexandria, Virginia, and graduated from the Corcoran School of Art, in Washington, DC. He earned his M.F.A. from the Graduate School of Figurative Art at the New York Academy of Art, and supplemented his training with several additional years of private study and studio apprenticeships on the East Coast.

In 2006 Thompson co-founded the Grand Central Academy of Art and in 2008 he co-founded the Janus Collaborative School of Art, both in New York City. Thompson has also instructed privately at Studio 126, in New York City, and is on the faculty of Parsons the New School for Design, The New York Academy of Art, The Art Students League of New York, and Studio Incamminati, in Philadelphia.

He has demonstrated and taught workshops in San Francisco, Seattle, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Washington, D.C, and Sarasota, FL. He has also demonstrated and instructed  internationally in Toronto, Canada, Subiaco, Italy, and in the Provence region of France. In 2007 he was selected an ARC Living Master Artist.

Thompson has been awarded two grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and has twice received the Ethel Lorraine Bernstein Memorial Award for Excellence in Painting from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. In 2001, Thompson won Best of Show in the American Society of Portrait Artists' International Portrait Competition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City.

Since 2002 Thompson has demonstrated portrait painting and drawing, and served as a juror and board member for the Portrait Society of Canada's International Portrait Conference in Toronto. He has also lectured at the Dahesh Museum of Art, served as a speaker at Studio Incamminati's Advanced Portrait Workshop and Symposium, and written on technique and painting practice for several art publications across the United States.

His work can be found in public and private collections throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. For more information on Thompson, visit his website.

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