Terrance Coffman

Year inducted: 2016

Terry Coffman has been a dynamic force in Wisconsin’s art culture as an artist, college and art center administrator, author, actor, musician, and educator. He joined Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design as its president in 1983 and for twenty years he guided MIAD as it grew to become one of the nation’s leading art schools. As an artist, Terry has painted in various media and styles and is best known for his fluid, dynamic, and colorful large abstractions reflecting a rediscovery of his roots and interest in abstract expressionism. As a singer/songwriter, he has performed at nightclubs and music venues across the country and has recorded several albums of traditional and contemporary acoustic songs, including his recent "Songs from Center Avenue Studio,” a collection of original songs about family, outlaws, lovers, and a dog named Blue.

Besides teaching at MIAD he taught at the Lacoste School of Art, in Provence, France; Maryland College of Art and Design where he was also its administrator; the Smithsonian Institute Associate Program in Washington DC, and was also an artist in residence at the Burren College of Art in County Clare Ireland. He has taught many students in classes at his studio and workshops, and has always been an inspirational speaker in support of the arts. His works hang in many dozens of public and private collections around the US. He has served on innumerable public panels and as exhibition juror for decades.

Works by Terrance Coffman

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