James Terrell

2023 Fillmore School Studio Prize Winner

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James Stephen Terrell is a native Washingtonian. He received his high school diploma from Gonzaga College High School in Washington D.C. He received the Bachelor of Fine Art from Howard University, Master of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in New York City and the Master of Divinity Degree from the Union Theological Seminary in New York City with a concentration on Theology and the Fine Arts. While attending Union Theological Seminary, he pursued Fine Arts painting elective courses at Columbia University. Terrell has exhibited his work all over the country and had multiple solo shows including at museums. Terrell explores universal human experiences through his vibrant paintings and collages. Using bold colors to capture the viewer’s attention and intricate patterns to slow the viewer’s gaze, Terrell’s work is simultaneously loud and intimate. His art is a reflection of joy, pain, confusion, contemplation, and deliverance.