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Thomas H. Sturgill was born is Pound, Virginia a small coal town far past its prime. He received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Tennessee and an interdisciplinary MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. Sturgill is part of a two-person art collaborative named Pulled Resources, which focuses on the creation of large-scale projects with limited budgets and short periods of time.

Thomas has a lot of shoes. He will never leave the copier jammed. Never. He needs his alone time. As a kid, Thomas one time fell out of a moving pickup truck but grabbed the tailgate and kept running behind it. His favorite color is pale gray-blue. He prefers "gray" to "grey". He one time spent 3 weeks traveling all around India.  Thomas loves sandwiches and isn't ashamed to admit it. One time he found $20 on the side of the road and split it with his mother. Not all of his teeth as real. Before 2020, Thomas is pretty sure he could spell quarantine on the first try. After 2020 he most definitely can spell quarantine. He has always been partial to Thursdays. Thomas is 6 feet and 1-ish inch tall.  His favorite dinosaur has always been and will always be the Stegosaurus. 

If Thomas had to choose the weather for the rest of his life it would be 65 and sunny.  He has broken his arm twice.  Thomas doesn't particularly like chocolate and prefers fruit and sugar flavored desserts. He played varsity tennis in high school. Thomas is who you want be around in an emergency. He has a level head and doesn't panic.  If asked who would play him he would choose the ghost of a young Water Matthau.  Thomas is a Virgo. He has hazel colored eyes.  His feet hurt often. Favorites and superlatives are not easy for him to commit to. Thomas grew up in rural America but now prefers urban settings. One time, Thomas knocked himself out on a homemade swing.  He always did what his older brother did.  He is thankful his older brother let him tag along.


2001 (summer)

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (small metals)


University of Tennessee-Knoxville, BFA-Sculpture

2003 - 2006

Carnegie Mellon, MFA-Interdisciplinary Art




Middle Tennessee State Univ., Lecturer - Foundations

Governor's School for the Arts, Teacher - Art Appreciation/Sculpture

Recent Exhibitions 



Easy Mark, Track 13, Nashville, TN


For Want, Hutcheson Gallery, Lipscomb Univ, Nashville, TN



Irons in the Fire, Ewing Gallery, Univ of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN


Boys Will Be Boys, Whitdel Arts, Detroit, MI


Contemporary Landscape 2019, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea


Grow Where You Are Planted, SRISA Gallery of Contemporary Art, Florence, Italy



Outer Air, Open Gallery, Nashville, TN


Belmont University, Lecturer - Sculpture & 3D


Belmont University, Assistant Professor - Sculpture & 3D

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