Jeff Thompson

Associate Professor


  • MFA (2006) Rugtgers University (Sculpture and new media)
  • BFA (2004) Minneapolis College of Art & Design (Painting and sculpture)


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.

Institutional Service

  • Curriculum Committee Member
  • Institute for AI Member
  • Program Director Member

Professional Service

  • Digital Humanities 2018 Conference reviewer
  • ISEA 2019 Conference reviewer
  • Transart MFA program Guest Critic
  • Tufts University Workshop instructor

Honors and Awards

Artist-in-Residence at SPACES (2020)
Artist-in-Residence at University of Nevada, Reno (2019)
Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts, University of Hartford (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)

Professional Societies

  • NMC – New Media Caucus Member

Selected Publications

Book Chapter


    HAR 271: Creative Programming 1
    HAR 371: Creative Programming 2
    HAR 471: Creative Programming 3
    HAR 250: Designing with Data