Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, October 4, 2012 - January 13, 2013

Broadway Box, by Kathy Thompson


“We wanted a project that involved an artist from the community who had a history with Walton Arts Center. In Kathy Thompson, we found an artist who is passionate, curious, and engaged with the community. Thompson is a teacher, arts advocate, activist, mother, grandmother, entrepreneur, critical thinker, explorer and collector. Her civic engagement coupled with her artistic accomplishments made her the perfect fit for this project.” - Jenni Swain, VP of Programs at Walton Arts Center

Kathy Thompson has become known for her H Boxes, mixed-media boxes that arrange treasured artifacts into dynamic and resonant compositions. These richly textured and inventive works explore the intersection of objects, history, memory and the formal language of assemblage.

Walton Arts Center commissioned Ms. Thompson to create an original project inspired by archival study, memorabilia and responses from patrons, staff and the arts community. This exhibition honors the past and celebrates the 20-year impression of Walton Arts Center on the cultural landscape of Northwest Arkansas.


Kathy Thompson is an artist living and working in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She shows and sells her work from her studio in downtown Fayetteville.

In the last three decades she has worked both collaboratively and individually on a variety of interdisciplinary and individually on a variety of interdisciplinary projects and a series of multimedia work. She has exhibited her work at the Decorative Art Museum and the Heights Gallery in Little Rock, Arkansas, Seibu Art Vivant in Tokyo, Japan, The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and various gallery’s in Northwest Arkansas.

In addition to creating her multimedia work she has started and owned Calabash Pottery, JRO Designs, and has recently founded Hboxes in 2009. She also teaches after school art classes in her studio and works on a interior design projects.

Thompson holds a BA in art from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She has also studied at the Penland School of Arts in North Carolina and has been awarded honors such as an Arkansas Arts Council painting fellowship and National Endowment Grant Installations at the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


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Kyle Kellams of KUAF 91.3 FM/NPR's Ozarks at Large interviews Kathy Thompson- Listen Here