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Somatic Self-Portraiture with H. Gene Thompson

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September 25 @ 10:00 am 2:00 pm

Sunday, September 25, 10am-2pm

1 sessions | $80 for members, $100 for non-members

Taking a critical eye into self-portraiture as a group, we will be envisioning the body and self from a feminist perspective.

Through authentic movement exercises paired with drawing and painting, we will use a unique contemporary art approach to create a self-portrait of the imagined body through the mind’s eye, culminating in a painting seeking to speak from our inner truth. Open to all and no movement experience required; instructor will work with students to make sure exercises suit your physical needs.

Materials list available upon request.


H. Gene Thompson is a queer, non-binary artist born in 1989 in Pittsburgh, PA and based in New Orleans, LA. They have been touring their work and collaborating with community organizations and artist residencies across the country since 2012. Thompson has worked professionally as a performer, muralist, public artist, printmaker, illustrator, and painter. Their current interdisciplinary artistic process involves using somatic and embodied practices, community organizing, and movement workshops. Thompson creates and directs inclusive public art events that connect people and seek to heal by confronting the trauma held in our bodies. They have taught workshops across the country including Provincetown MA, Pittsburgh PA, New Orleans LA, Truth or Consequences NM, Providence RI, Lubbock TX, Columbus OH, Nashville TN, Savannah GA, Shreveport LA, Dallas TX, Albuquerque NM, Los Angeles CA, UC Davis, and the University of Montevallo.

Website: Hgenethompson.com

Instagram: @hgenethompson

Image caption: The Body is a Puppet Show, 2022, still from video of performance for the camera using green screen and after effects