Larry Thomas is an accomplished visual artist and has been a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome and an artist-in-residence at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowships, has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions regionally and nationally, and has work in the permanent collections of artist’s books at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Houghton Library at Harvard University, among others. He retired from teaching and administrative positions at the San Francisco Art Institute where he served in several capacities from 1981 until 2005, including Dean of Academic Affairs, Interim President, Chair of the Printmaking Department, and Associate Professor of Printmaking.
Each summer he teaches a drawing workshop at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Oregon, and in 2010 conducted a similar drawing course at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts at Deer Isle, Maine. In 2008-9 he served as Visiting Tutor at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland, and conducted a specialized workshop in drawing at Bennington College under the sponsorship of North Country Studio Workshops. Additionally, he has served on many grant panels and has participated in several international cultural exchanges. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Artists Communities, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and on the Advisory Council for Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. He currently lives and works in the rural northern California coastal community of Fort Bragg.
- MFA, San Francisco Art Institute
- BFA, Memphis Academy of Arts
- Honorary Doctorate, Memphis College of Art