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Jamal Thorne

Jamal Thorne is an Associate Teaching Professor at Northeastern. Thorne is a Boston based artist, known for his use of the drawing medium to investigate and visualize the nature of performed identity. With massive drawings, Thorne blends references from popular culture, religious iconography, and symbolism in an attempt to create a possible image of what our multilayered identities could look like.

Born in Maryland, Jamal Thorne received his B.A. in Photographic Media from Morgan State University in 2008. Thorne relocated to Boston where he became the pioneering student in a newly joint collaboration M.F.A. Program between Northeastern University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has exhibited his work at venues that include the James E. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, and the Huret and Specter Gallery in Boston. Thorne received the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant in 2012. While continuing his work as an artist, Jamal serves as Visiting Faculty at the Eliot School for Fine/Applied Arts.


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