Debra Thompson (b. 1955, Miami, Florida) is a visual artist based in Palm Springs, California and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Thompson's culturally divergent background, has contributed to the development of a strong socio-political voice. Her work incorporates ordinary objects, materials or words to signal a particular social or political dilemma. Using the American flag as a template, her collective work creates an important chronicle of American discourse.
Currently Thompson is working on a new body of work which embraces both racial and women's issues.
Her work has been exhibited at the Palm Springs Art Museum (ACE), Palm Springs, CA, Archangel Gallery, Palm Springs, CA and Venus Studios Gallery in Palm Desert, CA. Selected work from Thompson's Visual Discourse series is slated to be included in a traveling exhibit: Embedded Messages: Truth, Justice and the American Way, opening at the University of Redlands, Redlands, CA (October - November 2016) traveling to Highlands Gallery, Chicago, IL (May, 2017).
Newton 26, a flag that presents the gun control issue and honors the 20 children and 6 adults lost during the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacure, received best in show at the Palm Springs Art Museum Annual ACE Exhibition, juried by Christian Hohmann, (2015) Palm Springs, California.
Thompson received her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida and her Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.