About

I am a naturalist and a teacher. Complex systems fascinate me. Science and technology have compressed and accelerated the perception of time providing us with vast amounts of information and experiences about the inter-relatedness of all things. When I study a topic, I do my best to understand how it relates to and interacts with everything else that I believe I understand.

Language has its limits and aesthetics revive an ancient way of understanding the world that is vital to experiencing and seeing complex system interactions.  Through art I consolidate many ideas into one experience and make multiple levels of meaning available through materials, metaphor and symbolism.

Bio

Trent Thigpen is an MFA candidate in painting at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. His art training also includes digital media and ceramics. With a background in communications, psychology, computer science and bioinformatics his practice explores the relationships between materials, consciousness, information and other systems that interact around us in increasingly complex ways.

Art CV

Trent Alan Thigpen

Education 2016 MFA (pending), Texas A&M University -Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX (expected 2019)
2004 MAIS, University of Houston- Victoria, Victoria, TX
1988 BBA, Marketing, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Professional Experience 2015-Present Program Manager, Pollution Prevention Partnership and AutoCheck,

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX

2005-2015 Associate Professor of Computer Science

Victoria College, Victoria, TX

2001-2005 Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Victoria College, Victoria, TX

2007-2010 Adjunct Instructor, Digital Gaming

University of Houston- Victoria, Victoria, TX

Teaching Experience 2001-2015 Drawing, Interactive Multimedia, Web Design, Digital Video, Animation, Desktop Publishing, Digital Imaging, Digital Illustration, 3D Modeling, Game Engines, Animation for Gaming, PC Hardware, Introduction to Programming, Networking, Cyber-Security, Business Applications, Adobe Creative Suite, Maya 3D, Unreal Engine, Microsoft Office Suite
Exhibitions 2017 anthroDEcentric, Shaudie Gallery at the studios of K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX
La Merienda, Islander Gallery Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX
2016 President’s Council Art Show, Islander Gallery Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX
Refaced: The Portrait Redefined, Hybrid Records, Corpus Christi, TX
Rising Eyes of Texas, Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, TX
La Merienda, Islander Gallery Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX
Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX
Islander Cell Phone Photography Show, Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX
2015 President’s Council Art Show, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
Solo ExhibitionWhat’s Past is Prologue: memories, fables, found and shaped things, Fine Arts Gallery, Victoria College, Victoria, TX
2012 Neuve Invention: art outside the mainstream, Florence Arthouse Studios, Victoria, TX
2012 Student Art Show, Best in Show, ceramics, Victoria College, Victoria, TX
2010 Student Art Show, First Place, ceramics, Victoria College, Victoria, TX
Exhibition Curated 2014 Eye to Eye: Regional Portraits of Pioneers, Founders, Leaders, Citizens, Movers and Shakers, Co-curated with Gary Dunnam, The Nave Museum, Victoria, TX
Presentations and Workshops 2017 Between a Rock and a Beautiful Place; Artistic Choice and Accountability, Artists in Situations, TAMU-CC Fine Arts Graduate Student Symposium, Corpus Christi, TX
2016 Making New Knowledge Through Visual Arts Research, Media and Metaphor, TAMU-CC Fine Arts Graduate Student Symposium, Corpus Christi, TX
2010 Democratization of Information: Power, Peril, and Promise, Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony, keynote address, Victoria College, Victoria, TX
2009 Digital Images and Editing with Photoshop- Training for public school teachers and students, Region III Education and Training, Victoria, TX
Digital Art: How Numbers Create Colors, Shapes, 3D Objects & Animations, Computer Science and Math Awareness Day University of Houston-Victoria
2008 Photo Correction with Photoshop Elements, Lifelong Learning Academy, Victoria College, Continuing Education, Victoria, TX
Professional Service 2011-2015 Exhibits Committee Member, art donations, web design and IT service, The Nave Museum, Victoria, TX
2010-2015 Art donation, Empty Bowls, Victoria College, Victoria, TX
2015 Sculpture judge for Victoria College Welding Rodeo, Victoria, TX
2011 Art donation, Red Cross Mash Bash, Victoria, TX
Bibliography 2016 Jennifer Epley and Joe Pena, “Iron Triangle and/or Issue Networks,” watercolor on paper, We The people: Power and Participation-Art Meets Politics in the Classroom at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, 2016
2013 Barbara Sparkman, “Trent Thigpen: Interactive Mixed Media,” Victoria in Motion, Winter 2013
2011 Camille Doty, “Life Rises From Clay,” The Victoria Advocate, July 26, 2011