Terry Evans Biography
Terry Evans (born 1951, Chetopa, Kansas) earned his Bachelors Degree in Craft Design and Retailing in 1973 from Ottawa University (Ottawa, Kansas). In 1975, he earned his Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Emporia State University as part of the Teacher Corps program. While at Emporia State, he had the opportunity to work in a hot glass studio, an experience he believes influences his work to this day.
He produced and sold work as a leather smith even before completing his undergraduate degree. He began his career as a woodworker in the 70s when he developed a line of inlaid wood jewelry, gradually evolving into ornately inlaid jewelry boxes. In the 80s he developed a unique style of band saw boxes involving laminated polychrome forms of unusual hardwoods. This technique remains the basis of the vessels and sculptural forms he produces today.
He has exhibited consistently since 1972 at major art fairs and has received Best of Show and comparable awards at top national shows such as The Palm Beach Craft Show, Main Street Fort Worth, Bellevue Art Museum Art Fair, The Plaza Art Fair, Naples National Art Fair, and St. James Court Art Fair (Louisville).
Evans work is in the Montalto Bohlen Collection of fine wood art and has been included in major wood art exhibitions at The Detroit Institute of Art, University of Michigan Art Museum, Museum of Art and Design, and most recently the Peabody and Essex Museum in Sale, Mass. He also has work in the Kamm Teapot Collection.
- 2015 Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood from the Montalto Bohlen Collection
- 2008 American Style Magazine. February, Issue #59
- 2006 The New York Times. Friday, June 2. Pp B26. “Turning the Rhythmic Waves of Cocobolo, Ebony, and Jarrah Burl.” Glueck, Grace
- 2004 Nature Transformed: Wood Art from the Bohlen Collection. Ulmer, Sean. Hudson Hills Press, Manchester VT.
- 2004 Turning Points Magazine. Volume 16, No. 4.
- 2004 400 Wood Boxes: The Fine Art of Containment and Concealment. Gunter, Veronika. Lark Books, Sterling Publications, New York, NY.
- 2002 Celebrating Boxes. Crawford, Andrew & Lloyd, Peter. Linden Publishing, Fresno, CA.
- 2002 Making Heirloom Boxes. Lloyd, Peter. Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd, East Sussex, UK.
- 2000 The Fine Art of Wood: The Bohlen Collection. Fike, Bonita. Abbeville Press, New York, NY.
- 1998 The Art of Making Fine Wood Jewelry. Lydgate, Tony. Sterling Publications, New York, NY.
- 1990 Fine Woodworking Design Book Five. Taunton Press, Newtown, CT.
- 1983 Fine Woodworking Design Book Three. Taunton Press, Newtown, CT.
- 1979 Fine Woodworking Design Book Two. Taunton Press, Newtown, CT.
- 2016 Honorable Mention – Lakefront Festival of Art – Milwaukee
- 2016 Second Place Award in Wood – Cincinnati Summerfair
- 2015 Best of Crafts – Walnut Valley Festival
- 2015 Award of Excellence – Webster Art Fair, Webster Groves, Mo.
- 2015 Best of Show/1st Place in Wood – Cincinnati Summerfair
- 2015 Best in Show – Main Street Fort Worth Art Fair
- 2014 Best in Wood – Brookside Art Annual
- 2014 Best in Show – Lenexa Art Festival
- 2014 Best in Wood – Summerfair Cincinnati
- 2013 Award of Excellence – Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
- 2012 1st Place in Wood – Naperville Riverwalk Art Fair (Naperville, Illinois
- 2012 Best of Show/1st Place in Wood – Cincinnati Summerfair
- 2011 1st Place Award – St. Louis Art Fair
- 2010 Best of Show – Salem Art Festival (Salem, Oregon)
- 2010 Best in Wood – Sun Valley Art Festival (Sun Valley, Idaho)
- 2010 Best in Wood – Brookside Art Annual(kansas City, Missouri)
- 2010 3rd Place (overall) – Old Capitol Art Fair (Springfield, Illinois)
- 2009 2nd Place Award – St. Louis Art Fair
- 2009 Carol Duke Award – Bellevue Art Museum Fair
- 2008 Gold Award – Plaza Art Fair (Kansas City)
- 2007 Best of Show – West Palm Beach Fine Craft Show
- 2007 Best of Show – St. James Court Art Fair (Louisville, Kentucky)
Select Invitational Exhibitions:
- 2015 Audacious: Montalto Bohlen Collection – Peabody & Essex Museum – Salem, Ma.
- 2014 FifTea – Anniversary Teapot Exhibition – Craft Alliance – St. Louis
- 2010 Teapot Exhibition – Stohl Art Center – Chautauqua, New York
- 2010 “teapots!” – Morgan Gallery – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- 2009 Hot Tea! 2009 – Del Mano Gallery
- 2008 National Teapot Show X – Cedar Creek Gallery – Creedmoor, North Carolina
- 2006-08 Nature Transformed: Wood Art from the Bohlen Collection, touring: University of Michigan Museum of Art, Mobile Museum of Art, and Museum of Arts and Design, New York
- 2004 Out of the Woods, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, Kansas
- 2001 Celebrating Boxes, Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, United Kingdom
- 2000 The Fine Art of Wood: the Bohlen Collection, Detroit Institute of Art
- Kamm Teapot Foundation
- University of Michigan Museum of Art
- Detroit Institute of Arts Museum
- Mobile Museum of Art
- Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts
- Forest Heritage Center and Museum, Broken Bow, Oklahoma