- M.F.A. - Washington University School of Fine Arts, St. Louis MO, 1977 - Painting
- B.A. - Ripon College, Ripon WI, 1973, Art
Thompson, James. “Schemata: Rural Life and Leisure Pursuits.” Firehouse Gallery. Rogue Community College. Grants Pass, OR. 2015. Exhibition of work.
Thompson, James. “A6 Retrospective Exhibition.” A6 Studio & Gallery. Bend, OR. 2016. Exhibition of work.
Thompson, James. “James B. Thompson: Fragments in Time.” Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Willamette University. 2016. Solo retrospective exhibition.