Terri Bright has been teaching at Furman since 1999. As a studio art major at Connecticut College, she concentrated in painting and design. Later, after working for a year in a graphic design office in Osaka, Japan, Bright moved to New York where she worked at the McKee Gallery. It was during her time in New York that she began to study photography. After taking several darkroom courses at the School of Visual Arts, Bright enrolled in the MFA photography program at the University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Mark Goodman, Lawrence McFarland, and Kate Breakey.

During and since graduate school, her photographic work has consisted of both black-and-white and color imagery. She has completed several documentary projects including the Storefront Church series (1995), The Manor Down series (1996), and The Staten Island Ferry project (1997-2004). Much of this work is about the intersection between our public and private selves, the dichotomy between exterior appearance and inner strength, and the barriers that we employ to preserve silence and reflection in an increasingly social landscape.

Bright's color work is more enigmatic and personal. She combines her painterly sensibilities with a desire to locate peripheral moments that articulate beauty, legibility, melancholy and desire. These images are meditations on the commonplace. They explore metaphor through formal elements, and create quiet elegant narratives from the everyday experience.

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Study of drawing, including the elements of art and composition, with extensive exercises from direct observation, including one- and two-point perspective. A variety of drawing media are explored.


Photography I

Introductory black-and-white photography course encouraging visual communication, personal expression and an introduction to photo history. Technical components include camera operation, film processing, and darkroom printing.


Color & Digital Photography

Introduction to color photography via digital imaging. Provides a primer for DSLR, Adobe Photoshop, and scanner/printer operation. Explores the history of color photography and its use as a language of visual expression. Assignments also include some traditional darkroom techniques and equipment.


Photographic Essay

Semester-long photo project focusing on the development of a visual narrative. Students identify and research a project, and create a cohesive body of photographs that form a comprehensive picture story.


Studio Seminar

The interpretation and criticism of contemporary art, with particular attention paid to the impact of social and political events on the visual arts. Students will identify a theme or idea within their media that will serve as the basis for the work presented in their senior exhibition.

  • Creative Advanced Planning Sabbatical Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2005-06);
  • Artistic Development Grant from the Metropolitan Arts Council of Greenville (2004);
  • Research & Professional Growth Grant from Furman University (2000 – 2007, 2010, 2012);
  • Faculty Development Grant from Furman University (2002, 2005);
  • International Faculty Research Seminar to Cuba from Furman University (2001);
  • Marshall F. Wells Fellowship for MFA students from The University of Texas at Austin (1998);
  • College of Fine Arts Travel Fellowship from The University of Texas at Austin (1997).

Terri Bright maintains an active studio practice and exhibition record with solo exhibitions at the University of California: Berkeley extension, Washington University School of Art, the Society of Contemporary Photography in Kansas City, and the Abrons Art Center in New York. In addition, she has participated in group exhibitions juried by Houston Museum of Fine Art curator Anne Wilkes Tucker, Katherine Ware, Susan Thomson, Henry Horenstein, Mass MOCA curator Joseph Thompson, Ellen Handy, W. M. Hunt, and Whitney Biennial photographer, Chan Chao.

Her work is in several private collections including Edward Albee (New York, NY), Nicolas Bragg (Winston-Salem, NC), Martha and David Dolge (Greenville, SC), Grace Harlow-Klein (Rochester, NY), Amanda Stahl (Johnson City, TX), and Robert Wilson (New York, NY).

University of Texas at Austin
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