Terry Allen
Painter and Singer-Songwriter
Santa Fe, NM
2009 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Steven H. and Nancy K. Oliver.

Terry Allen is a visualist, country singer, and songwriter who produces multifaceted, long-term bodies of work. He received a BFA from Chouinard Institute. Influenced by historical events and personal memory, his works combine various media (painting, drawing, sculpture) and theatrical performances that can take years to complete. Youth in Asia (1982–91) explored the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, and Dugout (1991–2004) was about his parents. The multitalented Allen has produced 12albums of original music and written songs for artists such as David Byrne and Lucinda Williams.

Portrait photo courtesy the artist.
  • Artwork by Terry Allen
    Ghost Ship Rodez, 2006; with Jo Harvey Allen; photo courtesy the artist and L.A. Louver Gallery
Artwork by Terry Allen