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Out of 1,536 pieces in 174 venues, Gwendolyn Terry’s Murmuration was cited by MLive Michigan’s Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk as one of ArtPrize 2014’s “Ten Don’t Miss Art Entries to See.”

In his article, Kaczmarczyk said of Murmuration:

“…’Murmuration’ is inspired by organic life, the movement of starling mumurations captured by art. Like “Interections” above, it’s almost a Time-Based work. It’s also something of an inversion. “Intersections” doesn’t really move unless bumped, but “Murmuration’s” feathers and string are affected by air currents and the movement of people. “Intersections” projects outward, but ‘Murmuration’ is lit from outside. “Intersections” is geometric and man-made while ‘Murmuration’ is more free-form and free-flowing. By now, it should be clear I suggest seeing both of these on the same day.”

Gwendolyn Terry’s Murmuration was named among Artprize 2014’s Top 25 finalists in the public vote for the Installation category at ArtPrize 2014.

The first batch of category finalists in the public vote were announced Sunday, September 28. As of Wednesday morning (October 1st), more than 200,000 people have voted in Artprize 2014. On Sunday, October 5, the Top 5 category finalists will be announced.

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Murmuration Photo Credit: Chris Clark |

You can see Murmuration in the gallery space at Monroe Community Church, 800 Monroe NW in Grand Rapids, MI Mon-Thurs (12:00 pm-8:00 pm), Friday & Saturday (12:00 pm-10:00 pm), and Sunday (12:00 pm-6:00 pm).

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Murmuration Photo Credit: Michael Buck | ABC WOTV4

Gwendolyn Terry’s Murmuration was selected as a Curator Pick among the works listed by curator Amanda Carmer  and was also named one of the 25 most listed works at ArtPrize 2014 in the leadup to its opening on September 24, 2014.

The 25 most-listed works were compiled on the ArtPrize site as a snapshot of which art entires were generating the most buzz in the lead-up to the start of voting.


Gwendolyn Terry’s newest work, Murmuration, is being exhibited at ArtPrize 2014 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from September 24 through October 12, 2014.

Murmuration 8More than 16 feet high, the work incorporates thousands of feathers suspended on strands of crochet thread encompassing a structure of bamboo. The piece is inspired by the movement of starling murmurations, where a single focus informs a large body.

Gwendolyn Terry was recently awarded a 2014 ArtPrize Seed Grant by the Frey Foundation.

Murmuration can be seen at the Monroe Community Church, 800 Monroe NW, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The hours of exhibition are: Mon-Thurs (12:00 pm-8:00 pm), Fri & Sat (12:00 pm-10:00 pm), and Sunday (12:00 pm-6:00 pm).



Gwendolyn Terry was named one of 25 artists in ArtPrize 2014 who each received a $2,000 seed grant (from a total of $50,000) granted by the Frey Foundation to ArtPrize.

The Artist Seed Grants, supported by the Frey Foundation, were awarded to 25 artists based on financial need and artistic merit to help encourage participation and minimize barriers to competing in ArtPrize.

The 25 recipients of the Seed Grants were determined by the ArtPrize Arts Advisory Council, a panel of advisors made up of national and local art world luminaries, critics, curators, and artists. The AAAC currently includes:

  • Nicole Caruth, writer, curator, editor of Art21 Magazine, New York
  • Lisa Freiman, Director of Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
  • Reed Kroloff, architect and Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum
  • Scott Stulen, Curator of Audience Experiences and Performance at Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Joe Becherer, Chief Curator and Vice President, Horticulture and Sculpture Collections and Exhibitions at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids
  • Paul Amenta, curator of SiTE:LAB, Grand Rapids
  • Dana Friis-Hansen, Director and CEO of Grand Rapids Art Museum


From April 4-6, Gwendolyn Terry’s art installation piece for Joan of Arc: I was Born for This will be on display at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN.

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Gwendolyn Terry’s installation for “I Was Born for This” at the University of Notre Dame

With a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Department of Sacred Music at Notre Dame began to develop sacred music dramas, conceived broadly as opportunities to reflect on important issues in culture and society through a dynamic interaction of the humanities and the arts.

Under the artistic direction of Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez of Sacred Music at Notre Dame, the first of these projects, “I Was Born for This,” was inspired by the masterpiece of silent cinema The Passion of Joan of Arc, by film director C. T. Dreyer, and by and the work of Daniel Hobbins, Associate Professor of Medieval History at Notre Dame, and is an installation art work as an experience of meditation on the impact of Joan of Arc in the world and her role as a model for women who have changed history.

The story of Joan was echoed in Dreyer’s film, which itself inspired American composer Richard Einhorn to create his oratorio for solo voices, chorus and orchestra Voices of Light. These nested resonances between film and oratorio find now a third echo in the art installation by Gwendolyn Terry (featuring sound by Christopher Preissing and multimedia imagery by Charlie Simokaitis), which pays homage to The Passion of Joan of Arc by abstracting some of its most powerful images and ideas and placing them in an immersive space, where the audience can spend a moment of reflection, before or after viewing the film.

The art installation is named “I Was Born for This,” emulating words that Joan of Arc uttered when first entering battle. The words can be embraced by anyone who believes has a mission to fulfill in life–especially women. The three nested works–film, oratorio and art installation–will be presented to the community of Notre Dame and South Bend between April 4 and 6, 2014.

For more information on Terry’s piece, click here; to learn more about the project at Notre Dame, click here; for a schedule of events during the installation and performance, click here.


Gwendolyn Terry is the Visual Director and co-creator of NON:op’s f(H2T) From Here to There, which will be staged at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago from April 24-26, 2014. Tickets are $20/$15 (students and seniors), and can be purchased in advance at

f(H2T)poster1About f(H2T) From Here to There

f(H2T) From Here to There examines the liminal space between the world in which we live and the world we desire, between the suffering and repetition of our daily existence and our transformation to a more equitable ideal state, bridging the gaps in our religious, cultural, social, and economic divides. From an intensive conceptualization process, each co-creator selects keywords and artists, establishing relationships among words, artists, and art forms, and creates compartmentalized structures and collaborative pieces which are then located within the three dimensional space-time matrix of a 12,000 square foot warehouse space. Spectators are each given a map and/or set of instructions with which to navigate and (re)create the worlds in which they desire to live. The map indicates destinations or nodes which may or may not lead to a desired goal.

About NON:op

NON:op is an experimental, multi-arts, non-opera collective that produces site-specific works for non-traditional venues. We focus on a co-creative approach to opera, producing works that actively break with traditional performance structures and the traditional role of the spectator as passive observer.

Learn more about NON:op here.

Gwendolyn Terry’s Apogee and Perigee were selected for exhibition in the Encaustic USA show at Arc Gallery in Chicago, from June 26 through July 20, 2013.

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About Apogee and Perigee

Apogee (19″ diameter) and Perigee (23″ diameter) are representations of lunar spheres, composed of encaustic paint on curved wooden discs.

About Arc Gallery

Arc Gallery, located at 2156 N. Damen Avenue in Chicago, is an internationally recognized exhibition space that has been an integral part of the Chicago art scene since its inception in 1973.  Founded during the women’s movement as an alternative to the mainstream gallery system, ARC is one of the oldest co-ops of its kind in the country. To learn more about Arc Gallery, click here.

Gwendolyn will be showing her latest installation piece as a part of “Twenty One” in Chicago.

21 PosterIn collaboration with the Chicago Loop Alliance, 21 artists will be invited to showcase and create new work of any artistic discipline in a downtown storefront every day for 21 days.

Twenty One is an artistic residency and collaborative experience in a vacant storefront space in downtown Chicago. Throughout the project, the artist-in-residence, Meg Peterson, will host a featured artist from the genres of music, visual arts, dance, performing arts, poetry and theater everyday for 21 days. The artists will contribute in any way they would like in response to a selection of themes chosen by the featured artist. Featured artists will be encouraged to step outside of their norms of creating while exploring this theme throughout their time frame on their allocated day. The project will culminate in an event showcasing each featured artist and the work made by the artist-in-residence during the duration of the project.

Based around the premise that “21” is a symbol for creation and new beginnings, Twenty One brings artists from a diverse set of creative disciplines together to explore and articulate their creative process, bringing new life to a vacant space in downtown Chicago.

Gwendolyn will install her work on February 10th. Twenty One runs from Friday, February 1st-Thursday, February 21st, and is is located at 23 E. Madison, Chicago.

For more information, you can visit the Twenty One website by clicking here.

The Rapidian‘s Holly Bechiri wrote about her experience of viewing Gwendolyn Terry’s Still Point at High Five.

“I found myself still captivated by the view of Terry’s 20 foot installation hanging from the ceiling and touching the floor. It seemed to go from dark to light and from full to more airy. Inspecting it more closely, you can see that it is made up of strands of white strings -1200 of them to be exact- with 60,000 large nails and various sizes and colors of metal letters appearing to be tangled within them…Terry’s piece and High Five had me there for the entire night.”

You can view the entire article here.