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Terrence Karpowicz

1219 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60607, U.S.A.
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Terrence Karpowicz studied art when the theories and practices of Minimalism and Conceptualism dominated the art world. In the midst of this, he was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes grant to the United Kingdom. While there he served as a millwright's apprentice and discovered the beauty and craftsmanship of water and wind mill construction. This understanding of the traditional techniques of joinery and his interest in the interactions of wind, water, and gravity on natural materials remain evident throughout his work.

Karpowicz is particularly drawn to tension at the point of contact, or "joint", between disparate materials. By joining irregular, organic materials (such as wood limbs or granite shards) to machine-tooled geometric shapes of metal, he creates actual or implied kinetic relationships among the elements of the sculpture.

The various ways in which these disparate materials interact with each other mark the artist's relationship to his world. Oak and granite nesting in congruent harmony, stainless steel orbs spinning within walnut ellipses, granite shards twisting against armatures of steel-all elements held together with Karpowicz's signature dedication to refined and skillful craftsmanship.


  • 1975 Master of Fine Arts, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
  • 1970 Bachelor of Arts, Albion College, Albion, MI
  • 1970-72 Art Students League, New York, NY: Painting
  • 1967 Chautauqua (Summer Session of Art Studies), New York: Painting


  • 2001 Curator, "Collection IV," International Sculpture Center, New York, NY
  • 2000-01 Selection Committee, Sarasota Season of Sculpture
  • 1997-96 Curator, "Pier Walk '97, '96," Chicago, IL
  • 1995 Curator, "3-D Chicago," Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
  • 1995-00 Executive Director, 3D Chicago/Pier Walk Exhibition, Chicago, IL
  • 1979-83 Board of Directors, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1989 Curator, "River Walk: 10 Chicago Sculptors," Chicago, IL
  • 1987 Selection Committee, State of Illinois Art in Architecture Program, IL State Park System


  • 1991 Republic of Georgia Sculpture Symposium, Soviet Union
  • 1990, '84, '82, '80 Illinois Arts Council Completion Grants
  • 1985 Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship
  • 1982, '80 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
  • 1975 Fulbright Hayes Scholarship to the United Kingdom
  • 1974 Frank Logan Medal & Prize, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 1973 Honorable Mention, Evansville Museum of Arts & Sciences, Evansville, IN
  • 1969 Michigan Scholar, Albion College, Albion, MI
  • 1966 Martha Holding Jennings Foundation Scholarship


  • Sculpture Space, Cork, Ireland
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
  • Southwest Texas State, San Antonio, TX
  • Art Institute of Chicago at Saugatuck, MI
  • Artist Mentor, Mentor Program, Columbia College, Chicago, IL


  • 1997 Global Concerns, Vedanta Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1995 Current Work, TBA Exhibition Space, Chicago, IL
  • 1991 Marx Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1991 Franz Bader, Washington, D.C.
  • 1985 Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1981 Northeastern University, Chicago, IL
  • 1980 Burpee Art Museum, Rockford, IL


  • 1996-2000 Pier Walk, Chicago, IL
  • 1999 Cows on Parade, Chicago, IL
  • 1997 Contemporary American Sculpture, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN
  • 1997 Sculpture at the Airport, South Bend Regional Museum of Art and the South Bend; Regional Airport, South Bend, IN
  • 1994 Chicago: The Third Dimension, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
  • 1990 Aggregate, 1800 Clybourn, Chicago, IL
  • 1989 Riverwalk: Ten Chicago Sculptors, organized by Chicago Waterworks and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Chicago, IL
  • 1988 Very Special Arts, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
  • 1987 Exterior/Interior: Large Scale Sculpture, Rockford Museum, Rockford College, IL
  • 1985 New Traditions of Sculpture, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
  • 1983 Systems and Structures: Seven Chicago Artists, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and Burpee Art Museum; Rockford, IL
  • 1982 International Mile of Sculpture, Chicago Art Expo, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
  • 1982 Ten Illinois Sculptors, Tarble Arts Center, Charleston, IL
  • 1981 Thirty-Three Years of Public Sculpture, Peoria, IL
  • 1981 33rd Illinois Invitational, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
  • 1979 New Talent-New Vision, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1979 What's in a Name, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1974 Chicago & Vicinity Show, The Art Institute of Chicago, IL


  • TBLISI Museum, Republic of Georgia
  • Steensland Museum of Art, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
  • Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
  • William H. Van Every Gallery, Davidson University, NC
  • Tweed Museum, Duluth, MN
  • Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago, IL


  • State of Illinois, Percent-for-Art Collection
  • Manilow Sculpture Park, Governors State University, University Park, IL
  • Village of Flossmoor Public Art Collection, Flossmoor, IL
  • Belleville College, Belleville, IL
  • Federal Reserve Bank Collection, Chicago, IL
  • Illinois State University, De Kalb, IL
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth, Duluth, MN
  • Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL
  • McCormick Place Convention Center Collection, Chicago, IL
  • Albion College, Albion, MI
  • University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • City of Chicago Public Art Collection, Thurgood Marshall Memorial Library, Chicago, IL
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
  • University of Illinois-Chicago, Molecular Biology Facility, Chicago, IL
  • Willard B. Ice Building, Springfield, IL
  • Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, Evanston, IL