Fellow: Awarded 1996
Field of Study: Photography
Competition: US & Canada
Terry Evans is a photographer whose work has been primarily an inquiry into the nature of prairie from its native state to its use, abandonment, and care. She photographs from both ground and aerial perspectives and lately within the confines of natural history herbaria, and bird and mammal museum storage areas, where she has recently photographed nineteenth-century prairie specimens. Her intention has been to tell the prairie's stories, past and present, through visible facts and layers of time and memory on the landscape. Her recent work entitled Revealing Chicago: An Aerial Portrait explored the complexities of the urban prairie as she photographed Chicago and the surrounding region from the air.
Currently Ms. Evans has begun to photograph inside working steel mills after photographing them from the air in her Revealing Chicago project. This personal project has become a journey to the underworld of heat and fire.
Terry Evans has exhibited widely, including one-person shows at the Chicago Art Institute, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and The Field Museum of Natural History. She is also a recipient of an Anonymous Was a Woman award. Her work is in major museum collections, including the Chicago Art Institute, Museum of Modern Art in New York City, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, George Eastman House, Whitney Museum of American Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Center for Creative Photography, Milwaukee Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum, Spencer Museum, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, and many other collections.
Profile photograph by J.B. Spector.