Welcome listeners to 5 Questions: A Critical Mass for the Visual Arts Podcast in which we ask 5 questions of our interviewees aimed at positioning and contextualizing their respective bodies of work within the St. Louis artworld.This episode: Terry Suhre.
Suhre holds a B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Illinois- Urbana/ Champaign (1976) and a M.F.A. in Painting (1980) from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Terry Suhre was the Director of Gallery210 for 25 years, and was Research Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Prior to Suhre’s appointment at UMSL in 1996, he was director for five years at the Catherine Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University, Boone North Carolina, where in addition to the curatorial, administrative and teaching duties he oversaw the visual arts component of An Appalachian Summer. Suhre began his career at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield where he worked from 1980-1990. Since 1983 he has organized and curated over 125 exhibitions. In addition to his university teaching and gallery responsibilities Suhre serves on several community arts boards and is active as a guest curator and juror. Terry is responsible for incredible shows including Damon Davis’ Negrophillia, as well as shows by Basil Kincaid, Jess. T Dugan, and the gallery’s annual Exposure series, which provides a showcase for emerging artists in the St. Louis Area.
- What is the curator’s place in the artworld? How has that changed since you started?
- How much do you think curators and writers should be involved in shaping an artist’s vision?
- What is your particular viewpoint, if you can distill it? Why is it vital?
- What are your top priorities or concerns as a curator?
- What are your parting words of wisdom/ parting shots to the St. Louis Artworld?
5 Questions is a program by Critical Mass for the Visual Arts – a nonprofit, self-formed visual arts collaborative dedicated to promoting, enhancing and initiating contemporary visual art in the St. Louis region.
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With Terry Suhre, and Joe Kohlburn
Editor – Sarah Hammond
Producer – Brett Williams