Darryl Terrell

b.1991

Darryl Terrell (b:1991) is a queer african-american artist whose primary practice is photography. Currently based in Chicago, IL darryl is a mfa graduate student majoring in photography at the school of the art institute of chicago. Darryl’s work deals with body image, black masculinity, queer identity, and the black family structure. Pulling from influences he observed growing up on the eastside of Detroit, Michigan, Darryls work is also a reflection of popular culture traversed through media such as music, movies, and other similarly related sources.

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What is American Blackness? How does it look? These questions came to mind while reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me as well as James Baldwin’s Fire Next Time. I have started to think about the Black, femme, and queer body as one and separate entities, and how they occupy and demand space in the American landscape.

These ideas are being fleshed out through photography, video, performance, and print media. Each medium has allowed me to explore the complex conversation between desire politics, Black male masculinity, the Black family structure, racial injustice and queer identity.

There are many platforms that influence and inspire my work. I grasp onto ideas from social media, television, music, literature, my environment, my past, and artists such as Kalup Linzy, Carrie Mae Weems, Xaviera Simmons, and Glenn Ligon.

Education:

MFA Candidate, The School of Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL BFA, 

Wayne State University, Detroit MI

One Person Exhibitions:

2015"Suspicious," The Baltimore Gallery, Detroit MI Selected 

Group Exhibitions:

2017

(Up-Coming)“MFA Show” - Sullivan Gallery - Chicago

(Up-Coming)“Blackbox: An Afrofuturist Opus” - Student Union SUGS Gallery - Chicago IL

“(Re)Invention” - Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, NY

(Up Coming) “BlackID” - The Car Center - Detroit MI

2016

“(Re)Invention." - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts -Washington DC {Traveling Exhibition}

"Hot Seven: The Chicago Breakdown" - Gene Siskel, Chicago, IL (Curated by Sadie Woods)

“BlindSpots” - XPACE CULTURAL CENTRE, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

(Curated by Dainesha Nugent-Palache)

“The Black Experience” - Nemen Center, Chicago, IL

“Shared History” - South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, IL (Curated by Rashayla Brown)

“Hello Stranger” - Chicago IL (Curated by Minghui Huang)

"Lessons in Mean" - MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (Curated by Samantha Russell)"Black Creativity Show" - Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Il

2015

"I Can't Breath" - The ARC Gallery, Chicago Il

"Greater Expectations" - The School at the Art Institute of Chicago,Chicago Il (Curated by Michelle Murphy)

"Undergraduates" - Wayne State University Art Department Gallery, Detroit MI

"An Artist Response #BlackLivesMatter" - CultureWorks, Holland MI

"The Flirteenth Erotic Art Show" - The Baltimore Gallery, Detroit MI (Curated by Phil Simpson)

"Graduating Exhibition: Wayne State University" - Wayne State University Art Department Gallery, Detroit MI

2014

"SCOPE" -Wayne State University Art Department Gallery, Detroit MI "DÉTROIT: The Strait to Fashion" - The Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

2013

"Wayne State University Undergraduate Exhibition" - Detroit MI "Opening Ceremony: Hellenic Museum of Michigan" -Wayne State University Art Department Gallery Detroit MI

Interviews/Write-Ups Digital Showcases:

SABRINA E GREIG, "Who’s Really Making America Great Again: New Narratives of the Diaspora in Hot Seven", Sixty Inches From Center, September 17, 2016http://sixtyinchesfromcenter.org/whos-really-making-america-great-again-new-narratives-of-the-diaspora-in-hot-seven/

Sal Yvat, Malika… in progress, Off-Kilter, AUGUST 30, 2016 https://offkilter.co/portfolio/malika/

ERIN WHITE, "FEATURE: CHICAGO-BASED PHOTOGRAPHER DARRYL TERRELL CHALLENGES TOXIC MASCULINITY WITH FLORAL PORTRAIT SERIES," AFROPUNK, JUNE 30, 2016 http://www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/feature-chicago-based-photographer-darryl-terrell-challenges

VOLUME VII, EXHIBITION CATALOG OF XSPACE CULTURE CENTER, ESSAY BY DAINESHA NUGENT PALACHE 2016

SAIC PHOTOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT GRADUATE PUBLICATION, ESSAY BY MEG ONLI 2016

Paige Watkins, "Photographer of the week," Black Bottom Archives ,March 2, 2015

http://www.blackbottomarchives.com/blackarts-interviews/darryl-terrell

Awards, Grants, Scholarship, Internships, Fellowships:

Award of Excellence Winner of the 2016 VSA Emerging Young Artists Program -2016

The Archibald Motley Fund Award - 2016Dean Scholarship, The School of The Arts Institute of Chicago - 2015Spirit of the City Testimonial : Detroit, MI - 2009Detroit Free Press/Ford Motor Company Journalism/Photography Scholarship - 2009

Collections:

Art Institute of Chicago

Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection

Curatorial Practices

(Assistant Curator) - “Shared History”, South Side Community Art Center, Lead Curator: Rashayla Marie Brown.

Public Speaking/ Artist Talks/ Lectures

2016

“BLK FEM QUEER” Wayne State University, Detroit MI

“First Year Artist Talk” The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL

Professional Experience

Teaching Assistant - School at the Art Institute of Chicago Intro to Digital Image Making Spring 2016: Instructor Catherine Gass

Teaching Assistant - School at the Art Institute of Chicago Offset Printing Spring 2016: Instructor Thomas Denlinger

Teaching Assistant - School at the Art Institute of Chicago Color Concept Fall 2015: Instructor Christopher Meerdo

Teaching Assistant - School at the Art Institute of Chicago Black and White Photography Fall 2015: Instructor Jan Tinchy

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