Terrie Sultan

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Terrie Sultan (born 28 October 1952) is an American art historian and museum director. She is the director of the Parrish Art Museum in Long Island, New York (started 1 April 2008; she replaced 26-year veteran Trudy Kramer). Her previous position was at the University of Houston in Texas.


Sultan was raised in North Carolina.[1] Her brother is the artist and printmaker Donald Sultan, based in Sag Harbor, New York.[1]

She served in the Peace Corps, spending time in Apia, Samoa (1977).[1]

She has served in senior positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston (8 years). She has organized more than 40 exhibitions in her career, including Chantal Akerman: Moving through Time and Space, and Jessica Stockholder: Kissing the Wall, and Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration.

She married artist Christopher C. French in 1988.[1]


Sultan has published over 40 items, including books:[2]

  • Gursky: Landscapes (2016)
  • Dan Rizzie (with Mark Smith, 2015)
  • Jennifer Bartlett 1970-2011 (with Jennifer Bartlett and Klaus Ottmann, 2013)
  • Alice Aycock Drawings (with Jonathan Fineberg, 2013)
  • Chantal Akerman (with Claudia Schmuckli, 2008)
  • Populence (with David Pagel, 2008)
  • Damaged Romanticism: A Mirror of Modern Emotion (with David Pagel, 2008)
  • Jean Luc Mylayne (with Lynne Cooke, 2007)
  • Katrina Moorhead (with Claudia Schmuckli, 2007)
  • Tam van Tran: Psychonaut (2006)
  • Urs Fischer: Mary Poppins (with Claudia Schmuckli, 2006)
  • James Surls: the Splendora Years 1977-1997 (2005)
  • Jane and Louise Wilson: Erewhon (2005)
  • Dugout (contributor, 2005)
  • Timothy App; a Selection of Works 1998-2005 (2005)
  • Alain Bublex: Plug-In City (2005)
  • Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration (with Richard Shiff, 2003)
  • American Treasures of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (with Sarah Cash, 2000)
  • Kerry James Marshall (Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, 2000)
  • Donald Lipski: A Brief History Of Twine (with Donald Lipski, 2000)
  • Collection in Focus: Dennis Oppenheim (1999)
  • Ida Applebroog: Nothing Personal (with Ida Applebroog, 1998)
  • The Forty-Fifth Biennial: The Corcoran Collection 1907-1998 (contributor, 1998)
  • New American Paintings - Juried Exhibitions In Print - April 1998 (1998)
  • Ken Aptekar: Talking To Pictures (with Ken Aptekar, 1997)
  • Petah Coyne: Black/White/Black (with Carrie Przybilla, 1996)
  • Painting Outside Painting (1995)
  • Nick Kemps (1995)
  • Louise Bourgeois 1982-1993 (with Louise Bourgeois and Charlotte Kolik, 1994)
  • 43rd Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Paintings (w Christopher French, 1993)
  • Maurizio Pellegrin (with Maurizio Pellegrin, 1992)
  • Interface: Berlin Art in the Nineties (contributor, 1992)
  • 42nd Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Paintings (w Christopher French, 1991)
  • William T. Wiley (with Christopher French, 1991)
  • Joyce Scott (with Joyce Scott, 1991)
  • The Pervasiveness of Memory (1991)
  • Inability to Endure or Deny The World: Representation and Text in the Work of Robert Morris (1990)

Achievements and honors[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d [1] 27East, At Home With Terrie Sultan, Aimee Fitzpatrick Martin (13 July 2008)
  2. ^ [2] amazon.com Author Page, Terrie Sultan. Accessed 19 August 2015
  3. ^ [3] New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff on Herzog & de Meuron's design for the New Parrish Art Museum
  4. ^ [4] New York Times's Carol Vogel on the groundbreaking ceremony of the New Parrish Art Museum