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Studio Art Lecture: The Spectacle in Art & Culture, by Prince Varughese Thomas

April 20, 2021 @
12:00 p.m.
Eastern Time
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Prince Varughese Thomas will explore the notion of the Spectacle in Culture through the lens of Social Media and his interdisciplinary body of work, The Legacy of Narcissus. This event is sponsored by The Higgins School of Humanities.

Monday, April 19th at 7pm: Please join us the evening before the lecture for a 30-minute screening of Prince Varughese Thomas’s work hosted by Studio Art Professor Sherry Freyermuth at:

Tuesday, April 20, at 12pm: Engage with the artist, Prince Varughese Thomas at the Studio Art Lecture: The Spectacle in Art & Culture where Thomas will present his work + Q&A:

About the Artist                                                                                                     

Prince Varughese Thomas is an Indian immigrant, partly raised in India, and naturalized in the United States.  He has always felt that he is an outsider in Art & Culture and is part of what has come to be known as the Indian Diaspora. His studio practice is informed by his ethnicity and facing racial prejudice throughout his life. This experience through his formative years to adulthood has directly affected how he looks at society with open eyes and attempts to investigate places that he finds worthy of critique, exploration, and making Art.  With an educational background and degrees in both Psychology and Art, Thomas investigates and deconstructs complex issues from the interstices in personally expressive ways that humanize his subjects while incorporating a variety of photographic, video, drawing, and installation techniques into his artwork. The various projects Thomas investigates collectively speak to the American & Global Experience through an array of themes including:  Identity, Designer Pharmaceutical Drugs, War, News & Journalism, Grief & Mourning, and Social Media.  His artwork has been characterized as poetic moments captured in chaotic worlds.

A winner of the Time-Based Media in Art Prize 7 and a Texas Biennial Artist, Thomas has been invited to exhibit his work and be a visiting artist, lecturer, panel discussant, and workshop instructor at numerous institutions including Ashkal Alwan Beirut, Lebanon; the Station Museum of Contemporary Art; the Atlanta Contemporary; the Light Factory; the Queens Museum, and the Station Museum of Contemporary Art.  Thomas’ work has been exhibited in over 250 solo and group exhibitions at numerous museums and galleries.  His work is represented in various public and private collections.

Thomas received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington, and M.F.A. from the University of Houston. He is currently a Professor of Art at Lamar University.




April 20, 2021
12:00 p.m.