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Lex Thompson

Job Title

  • Professor of Art
    Art & Design, College of Arts and Sciences

Started at Bethel



  • New College of Florida - B.A., History, 1999
  • Yale University - M.A., Religion and the Arts, 2001
  • San Francisco Art Institute - M.F.A., Photography, 2004

Areas of expertise

Photography, Senior Seminar, Professional Practices, Cryptozoology


Lex Thompson’s work focuses on manifestations of hope and failure in the American landscape.

Selected Exhibitions

INFOCUS – Self Published Photobooks, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
This May Have Happened, David Weinberg Photography, Filter Photo Festival, Chicago IL
Photobook Show F, 72 Gallery, Tokyo Institute of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
Photobookshow Malmö, Vasli Souza, Malmo, Sweden

Orders of Possibility, Form+Content Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (three person)
The Explorers Club, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN (two person)
DIY (Chicago): Photographers and Books, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
a fair., Art + Design Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Lu-wow, Eugene Johnson Gallery, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN (solo)
New Southern Photography, Ogden Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
DIY: Photographers & Books, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Photobook Show C, Create Studio, Brighton UK

All Our Pleasant Places, Seerveld Gallery, Trinity College, Chicago, IL (solo)
McKnight Photography Fellows 2009-2010, Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN
A View of the Vernacular: Eric Ruby & Lex Thompson, IFP Center for Media Arts, Saint Paul, MN

Evergreen, Wall Space Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Biotics: The Hum/an/imal World, Conduit Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Carroll, Nedrelow, Thompson, SELLOUT Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Space Available, 9th Street Entry Gallery, Saint Paul, MN

All Our Pleasant Places, Point of View Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Fanatically Yours, New York Center for Art & Media Studies, New York, NY
New American Talent, Arthouse, Austin, TX, Texas A&M, Commerce, & Texas Tech University, Lubbock.
PhotoMidwest, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Artist’ Books: Recent Acquisitions, UCLA Arts Library, Los Angeles, CA

High 5: Emerging Art in America, CW Network Corporate Headquarters, Los Angles, CA
Up & Now!, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
Untitled 6, SOO Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
Photocentric 2007, Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, MN
All Our Pleasant Places, Focal Length Gallery, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN. (solo)
Mush, Mush, Masculinity!, Ephemeral Space, Saint Paul, MN

Waterways, Eugene Johnson Gallery, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN (solo)
You Were Never Here, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
Photo Books Now, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA

Other America, Exit Art, New York, NY
Minnesota Biennial 2D II, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN
Exposure X 9, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI
D(igital)fraged, University of West Florida Art Gallery, Pensacola, FL
Monument Recall, The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Portland, OR

Monument Recall, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
We Could’ve Been Friends, Boxspace, Miami, FL


Source-Cord Prize, shortlist, 2014

Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board, 2011

mnartists/McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photographers, 2009/2010

Flash Forward Emerging Photographer, 2009

Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board, 2008

Visiting Artist in Photography, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI, 2004-2005


Walker Art Center Blog, “A Sublime Feeling in My GUT: Eric William Carroll’s Theory of Everything,” Lex Thompson, September 18 2014, ed. Susannah Schouweiler.

Photo-eye Blog, “Book of the Week: Birds of the West Indies,” August 18, 2014.

On A White Wall, “Ghost Show May Be In Session,” Lex Thompson, Aug. 2014, ed. Alex Wood.

mnartists.org, “Objectifying Time,” Lex Thompson, March 5 2014, ed. Susannah Schouweiler

Lay Flat, “F* That: Photography and the Ineffable,” Lex Thompson, June 2013, ed. Shane Lavalette

access + ENGAGE, “Colleen Mullins’ Elysium: Urban Canopy Loss in Post-Katrina New Orleans at the Hand of Man,” Lex Thompson, March 2008, Vol. 27, No. 2, ed. Susannah Schouweiler.

Religion and the Arts, “100 Artists See God,” Lex Thompson, Vol. 8, No. 4, ed. Dennis Taylor (Boston, MA: Brill 2004). Article on the work shown in the exhibit 100 Artists See God curated by John Baldessari & Meg Cranston.

Certificates and Licenses

Class D Minnesota Driver's License

Hobbies and Interests

Ham Radio, Boxing, Ballroom Dancing, Building Ships in a Bottle, Archery, Magic