Back to Biographies Dominic Thorburn
Rhodes University

South African
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Dominic Thorburn is Professor and acting Chair of Fine Art at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. Born and educated in Cape Town he was awarded his MFA in 1993 from Rhodes University where he presently heads the Graphic Art Section, and is director of the Fine Line Press & Print Research Unit. Dominic was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in 1992 that granted him a sabbatical at the renowned Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico, where he completed a Professional Printer Program.

First prize in a major national art competition rewarded him in 1994 with a year’s residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France. Achievements in academia have included many research grants and global travel awards.

He has presented papers on diverse aspects of printmaking at numerous international conferences and is also widely published. In addition Thorburn has exhibited extensively both within South Africa and globally and is broadly represented in museum, corporate, and private collections. He initiated the establishment of the Fine Line Press at Rhodes University, unique in being the only institution based printmaking press and research unit in South Africa.

In 2008 Dominic was awarded an Amnesty International Social Change Award in recognition of his extensive community outreach within the arts. Thorburn is a member of the Impact Steering Committee and was co-convenor of the 3rd Impact International Printmaking Conference held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2003.

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