Larry  Thompson
Associate Dean
School of the Arts
Department of Art and Design
213b Buchanan Hall

Larry Thompson, Professor of Art, has served as Chair of the Art Department since coming to Samford in 2007. A native of El Paso, Texas, Thompson has taught in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas prior to moving to Birmingham. In addition to teaching painting and drawing courses, and chairing the department, Thompson is an artist who has recently exhibited work in China, New York, Texas, California, Alabama, Illinois, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee. He is an active member of the College Art Association (, and has served as Career Mentor for CAA numerous times and will be doing so again, in addition to presenting at the CAA Conference in Chicago in 2014. Thompson holds an MFA in Painting from The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and a BFA in Art and Design from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and is represented locally at Space One Eleven Art Space.  You can view more of Thompson's work at  Larry also serves on an advisory council creating the Salvador's Deli art event and fundraiser for art supplies for school children in partnership with UAB and The Birmingham Museum of Art.

Thompson_Larry_Leaving Lousiana

Leaving Louisiana
Oil on Wood
12”x 24”
2010 National Juried Exhibition
Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, California

Reading Friedman
Oil on Wood
42”x 48”
Art of the State Juried Exhibition 2010
Tennessee Valley Museum of Art
Tuscumbia, Alabama

Chasing Blue Sky

Chasing Blue Sky
Oil on Wood
8”x 18”
National Small Oil Painting Juried Exhibition, Juror’s Award
Wichita Center for the Fine Arts, Wichita, Kansas

Thompson  A Monday

A Monday
Oil on Wood
48”x 66”
Art of the State Juried Exhibition 2010
Tennessee Valley Museum of Art
Tuscumbia, Alabama

Thompson Someone Else

Someone Else
Oil on Wood
24” x 48”
TKAM 2010 Exhibition: An exhibition of works celebrating Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Birmingham, Alabama

Degrees and Certifications

  • BFA, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • MFA, University of North Texas


  • Art


  • College Art Association