Gwendolyn Terry is a Chicago-based installation artist who received her BFA from the University of Colorado. Her commissioned pieces and large-scale installations have appeared in solo shows, universities, and national exhibitions, as well as operatic, theatrical, and dance productions.

In 2014, she was commissioned by the University of Notre Dame’s sacred music program to create a large-scale installation piece, “I was born for this.” A later version of that work, “Murmuration,” went on to be chosen for the Curators Must-See list at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In September 2015, she was the visual director of “Music, Courage and Remembrance,” a tribute to the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Shulamit Ran. In 2016, Terry was one of two artists chosen to be the first artists in residence at Marwen. In 2017, she was awarded an Individual Artists Program (IAP) grant by the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and was commissioned by the Trust for Public Land to design and implement a large–scale public art installation engaging the communities along Chicago’s 606 Trail.

In the past decade, Terry has also worked to develop and mentor emerging artists through artistic collaboration and integration, and was a co-creative director and founding member of NON:op Open Opera Works. She is currently a Teaching Artist and Fellow at Marwen, a nonprofit center in Chicago that educates under-served young people in the visual arts, and CAPE, a nonprofit organization that partners with Chicago’s public school to integrate the arts into the core curriculum to deepen and enrich students’ learning experiences. She is also currently working with Columbia College, CCAP, to developed a community resource for the alumni of their TAD program, as well as designing workshops and retreats for Lillstreet Art center’s ‘Ignite program’ which fosters creative approaches in the workplace.