Phyllis Thompson works with fiber textiles, printmaking, photography and collage processes. Her work reflects the influence of her mother and grandmother who made quilts and other creations from recycled materials. Thompson has done extensive research on her family roots and uses old photographs from family history in her work. She credits her sixth-grade teacher with recommending her for Saturday art classes where she became familiar with the vocabulary of artists, learned that there were other visual art disciplines besides painting and drawing, and decided to be a maker of art. Thompson holds a Ph.D. in Urban Education/Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an MFA in printmaking from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and a BFA in printmaking from the Philadelphia College of Art. She was an educator at Cornell University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Kutztown University, and Buffalo State College. Additionally, she worked in the Chicago Public Schools as a resident artist with Urban Gateways and taught middle school students at University School of Milwaukee. For more than 30 years, Thompson has shown her work in galleries and museums across the US. Recent exhibitions include Buffalo Arts Studio and WNY Book Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, Kenan Center, Lockport, NY, Castellani Art Museum, Niagara Falls, NY. Collections that house her work include the Gerald Mead Collection, Buffalo, NY, the Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Ithaca, NY and the Brandywine Workshop and Archives, Philadelphia, PA.