Cynthia Nourse Thompson joined UArts on June 1, 2014, as the director of the MFA programs in BookArts/Printmaking and Studio Art. She was most recently curator and director of exhibitions at the University of Arkansas, as well as an associate professor. Previously, she was a professor at Memphis College of Art (MCA) and served as chair of the Division of Fine Arts there during her final year. For more than 12 years, she ran the book arts, letterpress and papermaking areas at MCA, and for seven of those years, she additionally served as curator and director of visiting artist lectures. As curator, she created the New Visions Exhibition Series that showcased the work of internationally known artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Petah Coyne, Andres Serrano, Jenny Holzer, Oscar Munoz and Gary Schneider. Lectures by Juan Sanchez, Ghada Amer, Willie Cole and Polly Apfelbaum also took place during her tenure.
With a background in printmaking, book arts and letterpress printing, Thompson has been active as a curator for several years. She has previously taught book arts and printmaking in Florence, Italy, at the Santa Reparata International School of Art and in Rome at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Rome Center.