Mr. Barrett by Spencer, age 6

Terry Barrett, Ph.D
Professor Emeritus
Artist, Author, Educator

179 Pineneedle Drive
Bradenton FL 34210
(941) 794-2019

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Short Statement and Bio:

I've been joyfully engaged with art throughout my life. As a little boy I was mesmerized by new coloring books and crayons I'd receive for
my birthdays. In my grade school years I saved allowances to buy Walter T. Foster how-to-draw books: clowns, horses, animals, at $1.25 each. Through nuns' version of art, on Friday afternoons I made drawings exactingly copied from pages of coloring books, with no instruction, frustration, and eventually routine success. In my teenage years, while in Servite Seminary, I was encouraged and inspired by Margaret Dagenais who taught an art class of making ceramic figurative objects, mosaics, banners, and other liturgical art. She put me in an art show and entered a piece in the National Scholastic competition for which I won a gold key.

During my undergraduate years as a monk in a monastery in Ireland I made collages of paper painted with gouache drawn over with heavy India ink. With allowances for semi-annual daytrips to Dublin I bought small booklets of art by modern artists and after two years had a collection of about twenty that I recently gave to my granddaughter Emma. George Rouault was a favorite then.

I studied philosophy: Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, and others. Although willingly living a life of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and chanting Psalms in Latin

throughout the day from early morning till late evening, I was won over by atheism, but adopted agnosticism and remained a troubled monk who still cherishes that quiet way of being.

In my junior year in Webster College I completed art and philosophy majors, met women, and left monastic life and Catholicism. I happened to graduate during the buildup of the Vietnam War to which I was opposed. A means of avoiding the draft opened: teaching high school art in an all-black inner city school in St. Louis during the black power movement, which I also supported but as a scared white kid from the suburbs.

After about four years of high school work, I accepted an entry-level faculty position at Ohio State University, pursued art, art criticism, and aesthetics through MA and a PhD degrees, and enjoyed a forty-year career in Art Education with a joint appointment in the Department of Art, departing as Professor Emeritus in 2009. I taught, wrote books, and made art, which I continue to do today, with Susan Michael Barrett, and our nine grandchildren.

Bradenton, Florida, 2016