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Allison Thompson | Barbados

Allison Thompson
Professor, cultural manager
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Allison Thompson is Director of the Division of Fine Arts at the Barbados Community College, where she has been teaching Art History and Critical Theory since 1986.

She has a B.A. (Hons) in Art History from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada ; and holds a M.A. from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She has a diploma in Education from the University of the West Indies of Cave Hill, Barbados. Allison Thompson is currently completing her Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Allison Thompson is much involved in the diffusion of Caribbean art and for this purpose worked with a number of cultural organizations. They include the National Art Gallery Committee, the Art Collection Foundation and ICOM Barbados. She was the founding president of AICA Southern Caribbean (International Association of Art Critics) – the AICA-SC.

Allison Thompson has helped to organize and manage a number of local, regional and international symposiums including the recent Black Diaspora Visual Arts symposiums and accompanying exhibitions, held in Barbados during 2008 and 2011.

She is the curator for the exhibition “Time & Place” by Winston Kellman at the Morningside Gallery of Barbados Community College (September-October 2012).

She is the author of numerous articles and catalogue essays. She is the co-author with Alissandra Cummins and Nick Whittle of the book Art in Barbados: What kind of mirror image.

She recently co-edited the collective book Curating in the Caribbean, Ed. Green Box, 2012 – together with David A. Bailey, Alissandra Cummins and Axel Lapp ; with contributions from nine curators / writers working in the region.