Amy Elise Thompson portrait
  • Assistant Librarian, Marriott Library
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art/Art History Department

Current Courses

Fall 2022

  • ART 6000-029
    Post-Degree Studio
  • DESGR 1600-001
    Typography 1
    Location: M LI BAS (M LI BAS)
  • DESGR 1600-003
    Typography 1
    Location: M LI BAS (M LI BAS)

Summer 2022

Spring 2022

Professional Organizations

  • Utah Book Workers. 10/2020 - present. Position : Member.
  • SECAC. 05/17/2019 - 05/17/2020. Position : Member.
  • Southern Graphics Council International. 02/2019 - present. Position : Member.
  • College Book Art Association. 12/01/2013 - present. Position : Board Member; Chair, Awards Committee.
  • American Printing History Association. 01/2013 - 12/2015. Position : Member.
  • Ladies of Letterpress. 01/2009 - present. Position : Member.
  • Southern Graphics Council International. 01/2005 - 12/2010. Position : Member.
  • Seattle Print Arts. 01/2005 - 12/2015. Position : Member.

Teaching Philosophy


My experiences as an artist and a designer carry over to the classroom. As the divide between art and design narrows, it is critical that students consider the intersection of the two. The fields of art and design provide more opportunities than ever before. It is important then, that students become grounded in the conceptual, theoretical, and historical foundations of contemporary art. While perfecting their craft, students should have the opportunity to combine their studio work with academic study. As they move through their educational careers, they will then become comfortable with dialogue as much as the technique. 

Artists and designers develop through experimentation within and between the techniques they know. At times, this trial and error results in complete failure. If we’re lucky, “happy accidents” may occur that result in solutions that wouldn’t have come about without the fortuity of the misstep. Students benefit from having the freedom to experiment, problem-solve, and make mistakes in order to discover their own working processes and recognize their potential for success. With that in mind, teaching students to respect their materials, to understand the importance of craftsmanship, and to consider the presentation of a piece as much as the work itself, gives them a strong foundation for success as artists and designers beyond their college-level experiences. 

As students gain confidence in their skills and abilities, their work begins to mature conceptually and true artistic development begins. Students connect with their materials and tools, develop unique working methods, and begin to talk about the work that they are making. I further engage students throughout the course of each semester by lecturing, showing examples, asking questions, and holding discussions and critiques. One-on-one meetings with students encourage open communication and dialogue, motivating them to think independently and critically about their work. 

The classroom can have a democratic, organic quality to it. To this end, I believe that students learn not only from their instructors, but also from their peers, and it is my job to help facilitate this sharing of knowledge. I encourage students to work collaboratively, and find that when they start working together and discussing ideas and processes with each other, they become more confident and more enthusiastic about their work. They learn to articulate questions that are specific, pertinent, and insightful about their relationships to the artistic process. It is my goal to foster a community of artists and designers, one that is rigorous and scholarly, yet supportive of exploration and risk-taking.

Small Group Teaching

  • Series of demonstrations in letterpress printing and bookbinding for students enrolled in DES3320. Fridays, February 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th, and March 10th, & 24th.   02/03/2017  -  03/24/2017
  • Letterpress printing demonstration/workshop for two sections of ART3620: Visual Communication II.  01/25/2017  -  02/22/2017