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FHU Art Professor to Lecture at Georgia Symposium

Henderson, Tennessee - Jan 10, 2018

Laquita Thomson, associate professor of fine arts at Freed-Hardeman University, has been selected to make a presentation at the Ninth Henry D. Green Symposium for the Decorative Arts. The conference theme, Belonging: Georgia and Region in the National Fabric, will be explored Feb. 1-3, 2018, at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.


Thomson’s presentation will relate to Nathan Negas, an itinerant portrait and ornamental painter in Georgia in 1821. Born in Massachusetts and trained in Boston, he came to the South when many young men from the North came to make their fortunes. Although most of his extant works are in Massachusetts, his masterpiece, a 9-foot portrait of the Indian Chief, Gen. William Macintosh, is in the Alabama Archives in Montgomery.

With degrees in painting and printmaking, Thomson teaches art and art history courses at Freed-Hardeman University.  She specializes in studio art and in art history research. She has presented numerous solo art shows in multiple states, and her art is permanently included in many museums across the South.

Thomson holds degrees from Mississippi University for Women, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Auburn University and University of Alabama at Huntsville. Her research was credited in two films in 2012, “Maltby Sykes, Gentleman Modernist” by Dale Schierholt, and “Treasures from the Rubble” by Alexandra Branyon.

The symposium, held every other year, is sponsored by Georgia Museum of Art and the University of Georgia.