Mildred Thompson (1935-2003) was an African American artist who worked in the media of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography. She was also a writer and, beginning in 1987, was an associate editor for the magazine Art Papers in Atlanta, Georgia. Critics have related her art to West African textiles and Islamic architecture; they have also cited German Expressionism, music (both American jazz and classical European) and Thompson's readings in astronomy, spiritualism and metaphysics.
Thompson grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. Her formal art training began in 1953 when she entered Howard University in Washington, DC. There she found a mentor in James Porter, who was head of the school's art department. He ar
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