Evelyn Patricia Terry (1946 - )

Birth date: 1946 Death date:  
Birth location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Death location:  
Media: Collage , Graphic Art , Mixed Media , Painting Web site: http://www.evelynpatriciaterry.com
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Evelyn Patricia Terry
Born 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Evelyn Patricia Terry is an award winning full-time professional visual artist living and working in Wisconsin. An entrepreneur who founded her own business, she is also active as a highly respected art educator, writer, lecturer, exhibition curator and community advocate. Terry's mixed-media works have been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally in Spain, Germany, Japan and Russia and are included in numerous public and private collections. In 2002, her commissioned sculptures were installed in Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Airport parking structure. Additionally, her artwork can be viewed on public thoroughfares and at the Midwest Convention Center in Milwaukee.

Terry is one of the founders of the advocacy group, ABEA, African-American Artists Beginning to Educate Americans about African-American Art. She has organized exhibitions for the group and works to obtain corporate and public support to feature African-American Art in museums.

Primarily known for mixed media work, Terry’s early style was figurative and has evolved to become centered around religious questions and spiritual concepts as well as non-objective color pastel drawings. “My work reflects my life; I am releasing and documenting my feelings through layers and blends of smeared and scribbled color.”

Terry grew up and attended school in Milwaukee. She earned a BFA and MS degree from The School of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Selected One-Person Exhibitions

1974 University of Wisconsin- Platteville
 North Florida Junior College Art Gallery, Madison, Florida
 Concordia College Fine Arts Gallery, Milwaukee
1983  Bradley Galleries, Milwaukee
Spaso House Gallery, Moscow, USSR
1991 Walker's Point Center for the Arts, Installation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 1993 Intermedia Arts Gallery, Installation, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1998 South Dallas Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas
2000 St. John's Uihlein Peters Gallery, 10 years Retropsective, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2003 Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Selected Group Exhibitions

1971 Contemporary Black Artists in America, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York (catalog)
Eleventh Annual U.W.M Alumni Association Art Show, Union Art Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1982 Third Annual National Competition/Exhibition, Atlanta Life Insurance Company, Atlanta, Georgia
Third Wisconsin Biennial, Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin
1983  Ozaukee Art Gallery, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
 A Woman's Perspective, Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, New York (catalog)
 1985 Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste Braunschwig, Braunschwig, Germany
 1986 Group Travel Exhibition, (SAIC) University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
1988 Coast to Coast Hand Made Books, Diverse Works Artspace, Houston, Texas
1989 Made By Hand III, College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1991 Four From Milwaukee, C & D Gallery, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Pref, Japan
1991 Third Ward Installation Competition, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1992 Posner Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1992 National Black Arts Festival, Nexus Contemporary Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
1993-1994 Vision of Colors 93 Exhibition, Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Fort Dodge, Iowa
1994 Contemporary African-American Artists 1980-1994, The National Arts Club, New York, New York
1994 From Two Perspectives, M.B. Perine Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin (two person exhibition)
1994 I Mind, Eye Mind, I Mind, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
1995 Delind Fine Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1997 Recent Acquisitions, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1997 Salvation and Damnation: Artists Take On the Spiritual, The Crossman Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (catalog) Whitewater, Wisconsin
1997 Visions Speaking to the Soul, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, (curator, Napoleon Jones-Henderson) New York, New York
1998 Sexing Myths: Representing Sexuality In African American Art, Betty Rymer Gallery-SAIC, Chicago, Illinois
1999 The End Is Near, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin

Selected Awards

Black Artist on Art, Vol. 1, Samella Lewis, and Ruth Waddy, Contemporary Crafts, (reproduction), Revised Edition, California
Wisconsin Academy Review, The State of the Arts in the Black Community, Cheryl Coomer Birtha, (reproduction) Vol. 20, Number 3, Summer 1974, page 25
ArtNews, Vasari Diary, Funded in part by Sadie Taylor's North Avenue Beauty Shop, Valerie F. Brooks, (photo), December
Milwaukee Sentinel, Passion for Color Drives Terry's Art, Janice T. Paine, pages 14, 15, & 17, (reproduction), Let's Go Section, September 28
Art Muscle, Create Your Own Mainstream, Interview by Jacqueline Richards, Vol. 6, Issue 1, September/December, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Gumbo Ya Ya: Anthology of Contemporary African-American Women Artists, Midmarch Arts Press (reproduction), page 287, New York , New York
Porcupine Magazine, Permission to Paint, W. A. Read, Vol. 4, Issue 1, pages 104-117
Press, Permission To Be Please, The Media has Cast a Harsh Glare on Artist Evelyn Terry John-David Morgan, January 2002, page 22
Discoveries, The John J. Burke Family Collection, Midwest Airlines Center, Monica Schick
Milwaukee Journal/Sentinal, Terry's Effort To Promote Artists of Color Go On All Year, James Auer, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 12, 2003, page 2E
Famous Wisconsin Artists and Architects, Hanna Heidi Levy, Badger Books, Inc.




catalogue for Wisconsin Women of Distinction by Joan Michaels Paque

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