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Scott  Thorp - Augusta University. Augusta, GA, US

Scott Thorp

Associate Vice President for Research / Chair, Depart of Art and Design | Augusta University


At Augusta University, Scott Thorp seeks to create a creative community around a nationally ranked art and design department.






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3 Qs with Scott Thorp on Creativity




Thorp previously worked at the Savannah College of Art and Design as a professor and as design coordinator for the school of foundation studies. Before that, he lived and worked for a decade as an exhibiting artist.

Areas of Expertise (6)

User-Centered Design

Concept Development

Contemporary Art

Digital Photography

Creativity Research

Design Thinking

Affiliations (10)

  • The Creative Coast
  • InnoCentive Solvers
  • Front End of Innovation
  • FabLab Interest Group
  • Art Educators USA
  • Maryland Institute College of Art Alumni
  • The Psychology of Creativity
  • MICA alums
  • Ocean Exchange Delegates and Friends
  • International Creative Trainers

Media Appearances (7)

Linda Hardy wins fifth annual Applaud the Artist contest

The Augusta Chronicle  


“This is my first choice,” said judge Scott Thorp, the chairman of Augusta University’s Department of Art. “It is colorful and has a good composition. Also, it has a very positive and energetic feel.”...

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Scott Thorp, Designing the Future

Augusta Magazine  print


In 2015, a candidate for a job in the department of art at Augusta University—Scott Thorp—got his first tour of downtown Augusta. He also noticed a lot of abandoned buildings and empty storefronts. Wow, he thought: Empty storefronts usually mean cheap rent; artists always look for cheap rent. What a great opportunity there is in Augusta to grow the arts and culture downtown!

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Call for Entries: ‘Trifecta’ MFA Exhibition at Augusta University

Georgia Southern University  online


Trifecta could not take place without the generosity of Scott Thorp, Chair of the Art Department at Augusta University who graciously is providing the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art for the exhibition.

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Immersive Van Gogh experience is way to expose world to art 4 trillion pixels at a time

Augusta Chronicle  print


Augusta University art professor Scott Thorp said while most people will never have the opportunity to see Van Gogh originals, this presents an opportunity to be introduced to art – perhaps for the first time – which could inspire visits to the local Morris Museum of Art or the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Westobou or Mary S. Byrd galleries, the latter of which is located at AU's Summerville Campus.

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Immersive shows like ‘Beyond Van Gogh’ are future of art, expert says

WRDW  tv


An interactive exhibit on the art of Vincent Van Gogh is coming to Augusta this month, and an expert says the immersive show and others like it promise to being art to a whole new audience. “Beyond Van Gogh — The Immersive Experience” has wowed millions of art lovers interested in the famous Dutch painter since it began touring in 2017. t Scott Thorp, chair of the Augusta University Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department of Art and Design, offered an expert’s perspective before the exhibit opens locally. “I believe these types of exhibitions exceed expectations because they are so stimulating. They include a new type of interactive media that entirely surrounds the viewer. You are more of a participant than a viewer in these situations,” Thorp said.

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Scott Thorp with Augusta University talks immersive & interactive art!

WRDW  tv


Augusta University Scott Thorp talks about the new Immersive Van Gogh experience

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Scott Thorp tells us about the animation program at Augusta University

WRDW  tv


Augusta University's animation program is growing and Scott Thorp tells the Morning Mix all about it.

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Answers (2)

Could you see permanent exhibits like the Beyond Van Gogh- The Immersive Experience in museums to give visitors a unique experience?

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I actually see these popping up all over the place. As they move forward, I’m sure artists will use this medium as their own. So it won’t be just about an artist of the past; the experience will be the actual work of contemporary artists.

Beyond Van Gogh — The Immersive Experience, has been a huge hit nationwide. Should we expect to see more exhibits like this? 

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Yes, this is only the beginning. There are several companies like Meow Wolf that do this all the time. Meow Wolf started back in 2008 and has been creating all kinds of engaging, high-tech installations. This will spread to more permanent venues such as the Illuminarium in Atlanta. The Illuminarium currently has a Georgia O’Keefe exhibition up.