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David Hamilton Thomson ’83

Collaborative and performing artist to serve as mentor in the Queer|Art|Mentorship program.

David Hamilton Thomson ’83 is a collaborative and performing artist who works in the fields of music, dance, theater, and performance. He describes his work as existing “among the intersections of movement, text, sound and song.”

He is a 2012 USA Ford Fellow, 2013 NYFA Fellow in Choreography, 2014 MacDowell Fellow and 2016 Yaddo Fellow.

The Queer|Art|Mentorship program recently announced he will serve as a mentor in their 2017–18 program, which pairs emerging artists with established artists in a year-long exchange across five different fields of artistic practice: film, literature, performance, visual art, and curatorial practice. 

The driving force behind the mentorship program, begun in 2011, is a “sensitivity to the absence of mentors who would have emerged from the generation most strongly affected by AIDS.”

While at Purchase, Thomson earned his degree BA Liberal Arts (BALA) by combining language and linguistics with dance.

The BALA program allows students to articulate their own individualized course of study if what they propose can’t be accommodated in existing majors.