Gregory Thompson

Chief of the United States Air Force Art Program at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C

Mr. Gregory Thompson, 56, formerly of Columbus, GA passed Tuesday May, 19, 2020 in Woodbridge, VA.

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Greg Thompson, the voice and face behind the coordination of the participation of so many of us in the Air Force Art Program. It was Greg who would call and say, “How would you like to go to __________ ?” He had a ready talent for putting artists together to document a mission. A vibrant man with a booming laugh, he was a friend, mentor, and enthusiastic colleague. Greg was responsible for sending many of us on life changing adventures that took our work in directions we could only imagine, and lead to many lasting and cherished friendships.
Godspeed, Greg

Gregory Allen Thompson was born April 4, 1964 at Ft. Benning, GA to the late SFC Jesse and the late Jessie D. Thompson. He was a 1982 graduate of Columbus High School, member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Arlington, served in the United States Air Force, received a Bachelor of Science in Communications from National Louis University, worked as a Civil Servant Employee, Chief of the United States Air Force Art Program at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He was also a Security Officer at the U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C. for over 15 years. He was the owner of Made to Measure, Custom Tailor clothing business and was part-owner and partner with Howard Wallace.

Cherishing his memories and mourning his loss: his beloved son, Giovanni A. Thompson of (Indianapolis, Indiana); two sisters; Elizabeth A. Thompson-Holt (Columbus, GA); Veneda J. Thompson (Macon, GA); two brothers; Michael J. Thompson (Charlotte, NC); Walter S. Thompson (Notasulga, AL), and one aunt Sally Harris (Columbus, GA), one Great-Uncle Winston Moton (Lagrange, GA), one niece, four nephews, six great-nieces, six great-nephews. Special and devoted friends: Howard (Chuck) Wallace and Harriet Stephens and numerous loving and loyal friends.

2020 ASAA Forum Logo by Jim Baletto

ASAA 2020 Forum and Exhibition Has Been Cancelled

Dear ASAA members, We regret to inform you that the 2020 art exhibition and forum in Savannah, Georgia has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some important details to be aware of:

Virtual Exhibition 2020: The ASAA board is looking to offer a virtual exhibition for 2020. This opens the door to reach a greater audience as we look into expanding our visibility through the use of social media. You will be receiving an email from our exhibition chair, Michael O’Neal, as to the details concerning interest, handling of the 2020 call for entry fees, and all other matters pertaining to a virtual show.

Hotel Reservations: The hotel block is canceled, but if you’ve already made reservations, you will need to call the hotel directly to cancel.

Hotel Information: Best Western Plus Savannah Airport Inn and Suites, 155 Bourne Ave., Pooler GA, 31322. Phone: 912-330-0330.

Forum Registration Fees: If you paid online, you will be receiving a refund. If you sent a check, I will destroy it. Please let me know ASAP if you would prefer I send it back.We are sad to put off our ASAA reunion, but given the severity of the virus and the instability of the situation this far, the board unanimously stands behind this decision. We are doing what we can to provide more opportunities for our members to gather and share talent and friendship. Until then, follow the guidelines for staving the virus, take some deep breaths, hug your loved ones, and stay well.

All our best,

Our plan is to honor the
Mighty Eighth in 2021 with a fantastic showing of healthy artists and amazing artwork.

East Coast Regional Meeting has been cancelled

As waves of closures sweep the country and more talk is being heard about the importance of “flattening the curve” it seems as though the inevitable has reached our doorstep, and we must make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s East Coast Regional. In the meantime—“Isolation? You mean stay in my studio and paint? Well, OKAY! If that’s how it must be.

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