Thomas Xenakis

Thomas Xenakis (no photo)

Adjunct Faculty, Art

School of Design and Art

Academic Credentials

B.S., Brooklyn College, City University of New York
M.A. in Medical and Biological Illustration, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art


Mr. Xenakis received a B.S. in Biology, with a minor in Fine Arts, at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in Medical and Biological Illustration, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a professional full-time medical and biological illustrator for about 15 years. Thomas was awarded 2 Senior Fulbright Fellowship to Greece in 1994‑1995 and 2000-2001. In 1996, he became artist‑in‑residence at the Wesley Theological Seminary, Center for the Arts and Religion, Washington, DC. He continued his creative work with the sacred icon and its contemporary applications in media and subject. Thomas completed a Master of Fine Arts, at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting in Baltimore, Maryland under the guidance of the late, Grace Hartigan, Abstract Expressionist.

Mr. Xenakis maintains a studio in Silver Spring, Maryland. Since 2003 he is working on a series of sculpted and painted mixed media gilded panels with a variety of precious metals. These works are titled XPYSO (GOLD). This is an on-going series that he continues to exhibit at various venues and he has created about 425 works in this series, and in this time span.

Currently, Thomas teaches drawing, painting, two-dimensional design, color theory, and cross-cultural visual language at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, Georgetown University in Washington DC, and Prince Georges Community College in Largo, Maryland.  Thomas has been involved in many study abroad tenures to Greece and Italy in academic programs. He is represented in collections throughout the United States, Italy, Greece, France, Australia, and Germany. For examples of Thomas Xenakis’ artwork, please visit

Other Information

Teaching Area

  • Drawing
  • Two-Dimensional Design
  • Color theory
  • Painting

Research Interests