Joe Thompson is a founding faculty member and served as chair of the Visual Arts Department from 2003-2018. He is originally from Athens, Georgia, where he earned his undergraduate degree. He received an MFA from Clemson University and has exhibited his work at the South Carolina State Museum, the W.J. Thompson Gallery at the University of Georgia, Coker College, Anderson College, Lander University, and the Greenville County Art Museum. Joe teaches sculpture, 3-D design, and drawing at the Governor's School.