Jeff Thompson
Since 2006
Works in Bloomfield, New Jersey United States of America

Jeff Thompson received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and his MFA from Rutgers University. He is currently Assistant Professor and Program Director of Visual Art & Technology at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Thompson has exhibited and performed his work internationally at venues include the Sheldon Museum of Art, the Taubman Museum of Art, SITE Santa Fe, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, the Jersey City Museum, and the Weisman Art Museum. Recent commissions include Rhizome, Turbulence, and a project on haptic and non-visual videogames from Harvestworks.

Thompson has presented his projects at the CAA, FATE, and SECAC conferences, as well as a talk for TEDx. His visual and written projects have been published by Ugly Duckling Presse, the Parsons Journal for Information Mapping, and Leonardo Electronic Almanac (MIT Press), among others. In addition to his studio practice, Thompson is an active curator, mounting exhibitions with the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and Art MicroPatronage, as well as through Drift Station, a curatorial collaboration that mounts international, experimental exhibitions.

You Know We're Living in the Computer Age? Computer History According to Law & Order

Artist Jeff Thompson received a Rhizome commission in 2012 for his project Computers on Law & Order, for which he watched every episode of the long-running television series and took screenshots of all the computers. Thompson will present an illustrated lecture based on the project  this Saturday, Feb 1 at 4pm at the Museum of the Moving Image, followed by a discussion with Law & Order graphic designer Kevin Raper. In this article, he shares some of his findings. 

In the fall of 1990, a television program about crime, police investigation, and criminal trials named Law & Order aired for the first time. The show eventually ended in 2010, tied with Gunsmoke for the longest-running live-action television show at 20 seasons and 456 episodes.[1] With its unique (and consistent) style and trademark "dun-dun!" sound, Law & Order has generated several spin-offs and can likely be found playing at any hour of the day somewhere on cable.[2]

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Assistant Professor of Art

Wed Jan 15, 2014 23:59

Hoboken, New Jersey
United States of America

The Visual Arts & Technology program at Stevens Institute of Technology invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin fall 2014. In particular we are interested in candidates whose teaching and creative work overlap with fine art, design, data visualization, creative programming, physical computing, or game design with a focus on experimental and innovative manifestations. We seek a dynamic teacher and researcher that can help students succeed professionally and be technically, aesthetically, and creatively prepared to innovate in a variety of fields. The ideal candidate should demonstrate an eagerness to help build a unique and cross-disciplinary program in the visual arts and design while maintaining an active creative research agenda. Additional consideration will be given to candidates with experience working on client-focused projects and who can mentor students in related design fields.

Teach an average load of 3 courses per semester across all levels of the undergraduate curriculum; develop new courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, especially as they overlap with other disciplines across the Institute; advise and mentor senior thesis projects; maintain an active professional/creative research practice and participate in program, College, and university service including committee work, advising, and supervising internships.

About Stevens:
Stevens Institute of Technology, located on the Hudson River across from midtown Manhattan, is a small, selective research university with approximately 2,500 undergraduate students in 33 disciplines ranging from engineering, science, humanities and social sciences, visual art and technology, and music and technology. Housed in the College of Arts and Letters, the Visual Arts & Technology program offers a unique Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on the intersection of technology, art, and design. A growing part of Stevens, the Visual Arts & Technology students work in tandem with programs in Music & Technology, Science and Technology Studies, and other areas across the Institute.

Located a 10-minute subway ride from New York City and a short train ride to Boston, Philadelphia, and the rest of the east coast, Stevens draws some of the most talented and gifted undergraduate students from across the globe.

Minimum qualifications:
  • MFA in art or design, or a terminal degree in a related field
  • Demonstrable record of creative and professional achievement in the field of art or design
  • Ability to teach a range of courses across the art and design curriculum, as well as to develop new courses in the applicant’s area of expertise

Preferred qualifications:
  • Demonstrable college teaching effectiveness
  • Experience with curriculum development
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: data visualization, creative programming, interaction design, typography, physical computing, game design
  • Experience mentoring in professional practices and entrepreneurship

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

To apply:
  • Letter of application
  • Teaching statement and list of previously taught courses
  • Curriculum vitae
  • URL of online portfolio
  • Names and contact information for three references (no letters needed)
  • URL of student work (optional)

Applicants must fill out an application through the Stevens website here:

Once the application is completed, please email the above materials as a single PDF to Prof Jeff Thompson at

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

For questions, please contact:
Jeff Thompson, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Visual Arts & Technology at

For further information at Stevens and the Visual Arts & Technology program, please visit:


Assistant/Associate Professor of Art: Visual Communication and Graphic Design (2 positions)

Mon Feb 04, 2013 00:00

Lincoln, Nebraska
United States of America

The Department of Art & Art History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln invites applications for two positions of Assistant or Associate Professor of Art in Visual Communication and Graphic Design. Applicants should demonstrate a vision for a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum that includes print, web, interactive and emerging media with a focus on preparing students to succeed professionally and to be technically, aesthetically, and creatively prepared to innovate in these areas. Associate Professor rank commensurate with experience.

Develop and lead a visual design curriculum for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels which takes an expanded view of visual communication and which recognizes the importance of concept generation, ideation and storytelling as part of visual communication in a wide variety of media. The successful candidate will demonstrate an eagerness to apply innovative learning strategies in the classroom including online and/or blended instruction, and help build cross-disciplinary connections with other programs across the university. Teach courses in visual communication and design, one of which may be photography Typical course load is two courses per semester plus supervision of graduate students. Maintain an active professional/creative research practice and participate in Department and University service including committee work, advising and supervising internships.

About the University of Nebraska-Lincoln:
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is the flagship of the University of Nebraska system and a member of the Big Ten Conference and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. The Department of Art & Art History's five art historians and fourteen studio faculty serve more than 280 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art History (BA and MA) and Studio Art (BA, BFA and MFA). The Department offers courses in art history, painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, foundation design, graphic design, photography and new genres as well as many special topics courses that bridge these areas.

As a research university, UNL is committed to providing support for faculty creative work in the form of on-campus studios, access to equipment, and grants for travel and research. Collaboration is encouraged among colleagues in the Department, as well as with Music, Theatre/Film, Computer Science and other areas across the University. As one of only fifty institutions in the nation to be named a Civic Learning Leadership Institution by Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, UNL also encourages faculty and students to engage with the broader community. Lincoln, Nebraska is the state capitol and a city of approximately 300,000 people. It has been consistently received recognition for its high quality of life. The city has an extensive bike trail system and a highly regarded public school system. UNL is located in the heart of the city in close proximity to restaurants, entertainment and cultural activities, which include the Lied Center for the Performing Arts, the Sheldon Museum of Art, and the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center

Minimum qualifications:
  • MFA in Art/Design or equivalent professional experience
  • Demonstrable record of creative and professional achievement in the field of visual communication and design

Preferred qualifications:
  • Demonstrable college teaching effectiveness including innovative use of instructional technology
  • Leadership experience in curriculum development or professional work
  • Expertise in one or more of the following: publication design, interaction design, user experience design, typography, branding, package design, design history, information design, creative coding, and motion graphics
  • Additional expertise in the related area of photography, including digital photography, photographic illustration, studio lighting or editorial photography
  • Experience mentoring in professional practices and entrepreneurship

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

To apply, please visit:

The following documents must be submitted electronically via
  • Letter of application
  • Teaching statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • URL of portfolio
  • Names and contact information for three references (no letters needed)
  • URL of student work (optional)

For questions, please contact Prof Jeff Thompson at

The University of Nebraska has an active National Science Foundation ADVANCE gender equity program, and is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.

For further information about the Department, please see:

Review date: Review of applications will begin February 4, 2013 and continue until the position is filled or the search closed.


Call for Publications: Bookstore

Sat Feb 18, 2012 17:00

Lincoln, Nebraska
United States of America

Drift Station Open Call for Artist Books, Zines, and Other Publications

Curated by Angeles Cossio and Jeff Thompson
Exhibition: March 2nd – April 26th
Opening Reception: Friday, March 2nd

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Drift Station, an artist-run gallery and performance space in Lincoln, Nebraska, is calling for artist books, zines, comics, small presses, and other non-traditional publications. For the duration of the exhibition, Drift Station will become a bookstore/reading library where the public can look through, peruse, and purchase artworks.

You may send us as many copies of as many works as you want. Any and all publications will be included – our goal is to fill the gallery! Works will be displayed on tables and shelves and must be able to be handled by the public for the duration of the exhibition without gloves. Because of this work has the potential to get damaged, please do not send us elaborate or delicate books that are not meant to be handled by the general public.

All work must either be free or for sale for under $30. In cases where work is sold, Drift Station will take a 40% commission and deposit the remainder into the artist’s PayPal account. Unsold works may either be left at Drift Station for later purchase/given away or will be sent back to the artists (SASE required).

WORKS MUST ARRIVE BY: February 18th, 2012

+ Submission form filled out, printed, and signed
+ Works to be included in the show
+ Self addressed, stamped envelope for return of works (optional)

Drift Station
Attn: Angeles Cossio
726 South 31st Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68510

Please direct any inquiries to:

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Started by Angeles Cossio and Jeff Thompson in 2010, Drift Station acts as a non-traditional curatorial platform for innovative exhibitions, art, music, and performance based in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.


MFA in New Genres: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Wed Feb 01, 2012 17:00

Lincoln, Nebraska
United States of America

The MFA program in New Genres at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Art & Art History is now taking applications for its first students for the fall of 2012. As fine arts, studio-focused program, students interested in artistic research that explores the intersection of art and technology are encouraged to apply.

Particular research interests include (but certainly are not limited to):
  • Video
  • Sound
  • Programming and algorithmic processes
  • Interactive and media installation
  • Physical computing and interface
  • Art games
  • Performance
As part of an open and interdisciplinary MFA program, students wishing to pursue graduate work in New Genres will work alongside other graduate students and faculty working in a diverse range of media. Thesis committees are made up of 4-6 faculty members from a variety of areas, including Art History. Many graduate students work across disciplines, and New Genres students are encouraged to work in ways that cross into more traditional media, as well as media that are not ordinarily considered part of artistic practice (biology, computer science, writing, curatorial work, etc).

Graduate students will compete for funding, but it expected that many incoming New Genres graduate students will receive a Graduate Teaching Assistanceship (GTA) and will teach as instructor of record during their time at UNL.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a Big 10, Research I university, located in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. Other resources available include studio space, access to the Holland Computing Center (the supercomputing facility for the University of Nebraska system) for students interested in massive computational projects, and a day's drive to cities such as Omaha, Kansas City, Denver, Minneapolis, and Chicago.

For more information on the MFA program in New Genres or to discuss your research interests, please feel free to contact Prof. Jeff Thompson (


Open Call for Works Dealing with Change and Evolution

Wed Nov 16, 2011 17:00

Lincoln, Nebraska
United States of America

Curated by Angeles Cossio
Deadline for submissions: November 16th, 5pm CST
Exhibition: December 2 – 30th
Opening Reception: Friday, December 2nd

Drift Station is interested in works/objects/ideas that use change and evolution as their core premise. We encourage the submission of works that change during the course of the opening reception and/or the run of the exhibition. Submission of recipes, performance scores, videos, generative work, sounds pieces etc.… is encouraged.  We are especially interested in recreating works/performances in the gallery with materials that can be purchased for $25 or less from a supermarket, hardware or thrift store.

Works that will be considered for the exhibition:
- Works that change over a period of time in the gallery
- Works that can be recreated in the exhibition space
- Can exist solely as instructions or scores
- Video/sound files/ images - anything that can be transmitted digitally
- Can be shipped for under $10
- Objects and ideas that would not be normally
considered artworks but fall within the parameters of the call (writing, music, performance, scientific experiments, etc…)

- Your name
- Location
- Website of other works (if available)
- JPEG’s or a URL to view representative images or media files for the piece
- A short paragraph explaining how your work relates to the concept of the exhibition


Please note we cannot accept video/sound files attached to emails or direct download links (such as YouSendIt).  We encourage artists without websites to use SoundCloud and Vimeo.

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Started by Angeles Cossio and Jeff Thompson in the summer of 2010, Drift Station acts as a non-traditional curatorial platform for innovative exhibitions, art, music, and performance based in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Working within limited geographic and financial means, we are rethinking how art can be transmitted not transported.  We are interested in exhibitions that allow artistic projects from around the world to be seen in locations that might not otherwise have access.