Terry Evans Biography

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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 leathersmith 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. His also has work in the Kamm Teapot Collection. 

Select Publications:

  •  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.

Recent Awards:

  • 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

Museum Collections:

  • 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
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