CURRICULUM VITAE HEIDI THOMPSON BFA, Swiss Dipl. Photography Heidi Thompson was born in Vernon, British Columbia. After graduation, she moved to Europe where she studied art at various academies. From 1975-1979 she attended the University of Art & Design Zürich earning a Swiss Diploma for Professional Photography. In 1980 she studied painting at the Nürnberg Art Academy. Her final year in Europe was at the Hungarian State University for Fine Art in Budapest. In 1982, Thompson returned to Canada where she worked as a photographer, painter and book publisher. Currently, Thompson paints full time and exhibits her work in Europe, Canada and the USA. 1956 - Born in Canada 1974-1979 University of Art & Design Zürich, Switzerland, earned Swiss Dipl. Photography 1980-1981 Academy of Art Nürnberg, Germany 1981-1982 Hungarian State Academy for Fine Art, Budapest, Hungary 2001-2002 B.C. Open University, Canada, earned B.F.A 2002-2003 University of Victoria, Canada, earned B.C. Teaching Certificate EDUCATION 1975-1979 - Vorkurs at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich (now the University of Art & Design Zürich) followed by a three-year concentration in photography earning a Fahigkeitszeugnis (Swiss Diploma for Professional Photographer). 1978 - Selected photographer to document the Zürich Chamber Orchestra for a solo photography exhibition. Traveled with the orchestra photographing soloists including Yehudi Menuhin, Paul Tortelier, Peter-Lucas Graf and Louis Duquenoy. The exhibition of 100 images were published into a book – the anniversary edition of the Zürich Chamber Orchestra. 1979 - Assigned photographer to document painter Robert Ryman before and during the opening of I.N.K. (International Neue Kunst Gallery) Zürich. 1979-1980 - Apprenticed with the late German painter, Oskar Koller in Nürnberg, Germany. 1981-1982 - Studied painting at the Akademie fur Bildenden Kunste Nürnberg with Professor Ernst Weil. Outside of school, became private student of Klaus Schmidt, former student of Austrian painter, Oskar Kokoschka. Attended a 10-day Buddhist meditation retreat in Austria. 1982 - Completed first year of the five-year master’s art program, Kepzomuvezeti Foiskola (Hungarian Academy for Fine Art) in Budapest under the instruction of Professor Kokas Ignacs. 1983 - Returned to Vernon, B.C. and established an art and photography studio. Exhibited paintings and photographs in numerous cities in British Columbia and became member of the Viridian Gallery in New York. 1984 - Received the British Columbia Cultural Grant for preparation, travel and exhibition of a photography project entitled "Portraits of Artists".
1986 - Took private instructions from illuminist painter, Leszek Forczek. 1995 - Wrote and published Recapitulation - A Journey by Sveva Caetani 1997 - Created and taught a meditation course for children in Vernon and Vancouver schools called Advanced Attention Development. AAD was featured in a documentary film for CBC's Spilled Milk. 2001 - Earned a B.F.A., Open University of British Columbia. 2002 - Completed the Post-Secondary School Internship Program, University of Victoria. Received a British Columbia Teaching Certificate (BCCT). 2012 - Wrote and published Calm Focus Joy - The Power of Breath Awareness 2013 – Speaker at TEDx Kelowna SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 2017 Vancouver / Interior Design Fair 2017 Vernon / Nadine’s Fine Art Gallery / Abstract Colour (group) 2017 Vernon / Headbones Gallery – Okanagan Artists Group Show 2016 Kelowna Airport / Kelowna Public Art Gallery "OK Sunshine" 2016 Vernon / Headbones Art Gallery /"Okanagan Artists" 2016 Ottawa / The Cube Gallery "Blue - A Group Show" 2015 Lake Country / Public Art Gallery "They Tell You Where to Go" 2015 Vancouver International Art Fair 2015 Palm Beach Gardens / Onessimo Art Gallery (represented) 2014 San Diego / Alexander Salazar Gallery 2014 Widen Switzerland / Galerie Halde (group) 2012 Montreal / Galerie D'Avignon (solo) 2012 La Jolla, CA / Alexander Salazar Contemporary Exhibits (solo) 2011 Armstrong Public Art Gallery / "Mind Space Energy"(solo) 2011 San Antonio, TX / Gallery Nord Exhibit "11/11/11"(group) 2011 San Diego / Alexander Salazar Art Gallery (solo) 2010 Atlanta / Bill Lowe Gallery "Bloom: The New Abstraction" (group) 2009 Atlanta / Bill Lowe Gallery (group) 2009 Toronto / Lausberg Contemporary (group) 2009 Vernon / Gallery Vertigo (solo) 2009 Toronto / Varley Art Gallery (group) 2009 New York / Lana Santorelli Gallery (group) 2008 Montreal / Galerie Samuel Lallouz (group) 2008 New York / Lana Santorelli Gallery (group) 2008 Grand Forks / Grand Forks Art Gallery (solo) 2007 Toronto / The Drawers - Headbones Art Gallery (represented) 2005 Vernon / Vernon Public Art Gallery (group) 2000 Vancouver / Howe Street Art Gallery (represented)