“Terry Berlier makes conceptual art of unusual intelligence, humor and sensitivity to the impact of materials.”—Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
Terry Berlier is an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily with sculpture and expanded media.Her work is often kinetic, interactive and/or sound based and focuses on everyday objects, the environment, ideas of nonplace/place and queer practice.
Berlier has exhibited in solo and group shows both nationally and internationally including the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco, Catherine Clark Gallery, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery at Stanford University, Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga CA, Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati, OH, Babel Gallery in Norway, Richard L. Nelson Gallery in Davis CA, Center for Contemporary Art in Sacramento, Kala Art Institute Gallery in Berkeley, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Natural Balance in Girona Spain and FemArt Mostra D’Art De Dones in Barcelona Spain. She has received numerous residencies and grants including the Center for Cultural Innovation Grant, SECA nominee, Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, the Zellerbach Foundation Berkeley, Artist in Residence, Montalvo Arts Center, Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Fellowship, Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research Fellow at Stanford University, Recology San Francisco, Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest Hungary, Exploratorium: Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception in San Francisco, California Council for Humanities California Stories Fund and the Millay Colony for Artists. Her work has been reviewed in the BBC News Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle and in the book ‘Seeing Gertrude Stein’ published by University of California Press. Her work is in several collections including the Progressive Corporation in Cleveland Ohio, Kala Art Institute in Berkeley California and Bildwechsel Archive in Berlin Germany.
She received a Masters in Fine Arts in Studio Art from University of California, Davis and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Terry Berlier is an Associate Professor and Director of the Sculpture Lab in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
The grant allowed me to realize work that I would not have been able to fund otherwise.
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
I continue to be both a practicing artist and a university professor at Stanford. My art continues to change with every project, but kinetic and sound-based sculptures that address the environment and queer practice are ongoing threads in the work. To better experience my installations, go to http://www.terryberlier.com
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
Keep trying! Keep making your art! Keep refining and defining your ideas and practice.
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?