Terry Adkins

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Terry Adkins
Born Terry Roger Adkins
May 9, 1953
Washington, D.C.
Died February 8, 2014
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Education Fisk University (B.S.), Illinois State University (M.S.), University of Kentucky (M.F.A.)
Known for American artist, Professor of Fine Arts in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 2009 Rome Prize
  • 2008 USA Fellows

Terry Roger Adkins (May 9, 1953 – February 8, 2014) was an American artist.[1][2] He was Professor of Fine Arts in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania.[3] He was born in Washington, D.C.

He graduated from Fisk University with a B.S., from Illinois State University with a M.S., and from the University of Kentucky with an M.F.A. He led the Lone Wolf Recital Corps that premiered works at ICA London, Rote Fabrik, Zurich, New World Symphony, Miami, P.S.1 MOMA, and ICA Philadelphia.[4]

Adkins died of heart failure in Brooklyn, New York, in February 2014; he was 60 years old.[5]


Terry Roger Adkins was born in Washington on May 9, 1953, into a musical household. His father, Robert, a teacher, sang and played the organ; his mother, Doris Jackson, a nurse, was an amateur clarinetist and pianist.

As a young man, Adkins planned to be a musician, but in college he found himself drawn increasingly to visual art. He earned a B.S. in printmaking from Fisk University in Nashville, followed by an M.S. in the field from Illinois State University and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Kentucky.[6]

Terry Adkins was an interdisciplinary artist whose practice included sculpture, performance, video, and photography.[7][8] His artworks were often inspired by, dedicated to, or referred to musicians or musical instruments; specific installations and exhibitions were sometimes labeled "recitals."[9][10][7] Sometimes, these arrangements of sculptures were "activated" in performances by Adkins' collaborative performance group, the Lone Wolf Recital Corps.

Many of his works draw from the biographies of little known historical figures; his 2011 exhibition Nutjuitok (Polar Star) is based on the life of a black Arctic explorer named Matthew Henson who reached the North Pole with Robert Peary at the turn of the 20th century. In other cases, Adkins' works focus on obscure details in the lives of seminal figures such as the African American writer, activist and sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois, whose famous speech "Socialism and the American Negro" (1960) is invoked in the 2003-2008 installation Darkwater Record.




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  3. ^ "PennDesign | Terry Adkins". Design.upenn.edu. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  4. ^ "Charles Gaines/Terry Adkins Collaborative". NewMuseum.org. 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  5. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/arts/terry-adkins-composer-of-art-sculptor-of-music-dies-at-60.html?_r=0
  6. ^ "Terry Adkins, Composer of Art, Sculptor of Music, Dies at 60". 
  7. ^ a b c "Terry Adkins". whitney.org. Retrieved November 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ Andrew Russeth. "Terry Adkins, Artist, Musician and Educator, Dies at 60". Observer. Retrieved November 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/16/arts/design/review-art-for-the-planets-sake-at-the-venice-biennale.html?_r=0
  10. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/arts/terry-adkins-composer-of-art-sculptor-of-music-dies-at-60.html
  11. ^ [1] Archived July 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Penn School of Design Professor Terry Adkins Wins Rome Prize in Visual Arts | Penn News". Upenn.edu. 2009-04-20. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  13. ^ Moyemont, Terry. "Terry Adkins - Profile - Visual Arts - USA Projects - Artist Fundraising & Advocacy". Unitedstatesartists.org. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  14. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/16/arts/design/review-art-for-the-planets-sake-at-the-venice-biennale.html
  15. ^ a b Radical Presence: Black Performance In Contemporary Art. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. 2013. ISBN 978-1933619385. 
  16. ^ Terry Adkins RecitalJuly 14 - December 2, 2012 (2010-05-15). "Tang Museum | Exhibitions | Terry Adkins - Recital". Tang.skidmore.edu. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  17. ^ http://www.exibart.com. "Terry Adkins - Meteor Stream". Exibart.com. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  18. ^ Hudson, Jane. "Terry Adkins: "Darkwater" at Gallery 51". Berkshire Fine Arts. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  19. ^ "Past Exhibitions > Terry Adkins: Relay Hymn - ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art - Philadelphia, PA". Icaphila.org. 1999-11-07. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  20. ^ "Terry Adkins: Relay Hymn". Icaphilastore.org. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 

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