christopher terry was born in stamford, connecticut in 1956. he attended rhode island college in providence, ri where he earned a ba in studio art in 1978. he continued his education at the university of wisconsin-madison, where he earned his mfa degree in 1981. after moving back to connecticut, he began exhibiting his paintings in and around the new york area in 1982. accepting a teaching position at california state university, long beach in 1984 brought him to the west coast. in 1988 he accepted a position at utah state university and began teaching painting and drawing there. professor terry is the recipient of numerous awards as a painter including the utah visual artist fellowship, and a westaf/nea fellowship in painting. he has twice been the recipient of a fulbright fellowship for teaching and research in germany and in 2000 was a visiting artist at the american academy in rome. "the central theme of my work is the ability of light to transform. although i select and place my subjects carefully, they are mostly drawn from the insignificant artifacts of everyday life. they lack a strong ego and without the stage i build for them, they would likely be overlooked. the interiors i choose are similarly anonymous. i’m drawn to these spaces and objects that lack a strong individual presence, and i rely primarily on light to transform an abandoned interior and enigmatically placed object into a secular altar."