James Stephen Terrell


Artist Bio

I am the Son of Rev. Dr. James E. Terrell, Pastor of Second Baptist Church of Washington D.C. and Judge Mary A. Terrell of the Superior Court of Washington D.C. I attended Gonzaga College High School in Washington D.C. I received the Bachelors of Fine Art degree in 1999 from Howard University. I received the Masters of Fine Arts degree in 2002 from Parsons School of Design in New York City. In May of 2006, I received the Masters of Divinity Degree from the Union Theological Seminary in New York City with my focus on Theology and the Fine Arts. While attending Union Theological Seminary, I took Fine Art painting elective courses at Columbia University. I am currently enrolled in the UDC, Masters of Arts in Teaching program.

I have lectured on the importance of fine art and influential artist at Union Theological Seminary, Howard University, Second Baptist Church, Martin Luther King Memorial Library, Corcoran School of Design, The Anacostia-Smithsonian Museum and Sumner Museum. I have exhibited paintings in solo exhibitions and in group exhibitions in Washington D.C, New York City and New Jersey.

I teach the fundamentals of Art and Design to students from grades 9th to 12th. I am currently the Art and Design Teacher for Spingarn Senior High School. I have taught art at Lasalle-Backus in the After School Program. I taught the fundamentals of Fine Art at Macfarland Junior High School and Brown Middle School. I am the director of the youth department at Second Baptist Church. I also teach guitar to high school youth.
To see more of my art go to jamesstephenterrell.com

Artist Statement

Art is representative of the reality, which lies beneath the natural, physical appearance of the human existence. Art is historical, political, psychological, musical and emotional. Art is a form of a deeper understanding, which exposes the truths of life. Art is a visual language, which is devoted to depicting the visual contemplation of the human experience. Art is a doorway, open to expressing various levels of human emotion and truth through the forms of pattern, texture, shape, line, shade, color, contour and shadow. Art is important because it allows the youth to express many of the issues confronting them today in a positive manner.

Art is commentary on ones environment. Art is an examination of humanity. Although different streams of consciousness, ethnicity, and spirituality exist and struggle within all of humanity, the different forms of art convey and explore the concerns, joys and beauty that exist within all of humanity.



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