A native of Colorado, Mark Thompson received his B.A degree in Commercial Art from Colorado State University. After working briefly as a commercial illustrator in Chicago, he returned to Colorado. He taught art for ten years and completed course work toward an M.A. in drawing and painting at the University of Northern Colorado. He turned to his art full time in 1981, working in the media of egg tempera and etching. Mark has received numerous awards from exhibitions over the years, including the American Artist's Professional League (NY), the Knickerbocker Artist's (NY), the Salmagundi Club (NY) the Allied Artist's of America (NY), and the Colorado Governor's Invitational. Mark also teaches a class in egg tempera painting at the Art Students League of Denver. Mark is a member of both the International Guild of Realism and the Society of Tempera Painters. Major Exhibitions: Artist's of America, 1992-2001 Colorado Governors Invitational, 1993-present The Best of Southwest Art, Museum Exhibition, 1995-1996 U.S. State Department Collection, U.S. Embassy, Brussels, Belgium The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century Wichita Art Museum Wichita, KS 2008 Springfield Museums Springfield, MA 2008 R. W. Norton Gallery Shreveport, LA 2008 Museum of Texas Tech Univ. Lubbock, TX 2009 Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa, IA 2010 International Guild of Realism 2008- Best of Show
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