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Terry Adkins is an installation artist, musician, activist, and cultural practitioner who for 20 years has pursued an ongoing quest to reinsert historically transformative figures to their rightful place in the landscape of regional and world history. Although his “recitals” combine sculpturally based installations with music, video, literature, and ritual actions that intend to uphold and preserve the legacies of his chosen subjects, Adkins’ work is always abstract and lyrical. An inspiration to younger artists for his uncompromising stance, he is also a dedicated teacher as professor of fine arts at the University of Pennsylvania. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Spencer Museum of Art, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the High Museum of Art among others. He has recently been honored as a United States Artists James Baldwin Fellow for 2008 and a Rome Prize Fellow for 2009.