Martha Jane Terry (2015)

Jane Terry

Terry received a Tree of Life Individual Artist Grant in 2015 for Stations.


Jane Terry is Professor of Art at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. She received her MFA degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and her BFA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Terry is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Peter and Madeleine Martin Foundation for the Creative Arts grant and an artist residency at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO. She has exhibited widely at regional and national venues including Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY; Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY; the San Francisco Art Institute, CA; Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, FL; North Carolina Museum of Art; and Wake Forest University Fine Arts Gallery. Her work has been screened at three international Annual Dallas Video Fest events. Terry’s work has appeared or been reviewed in publications such as Popular Photography and Imaging  and American Photographer . Her current work focuses on personal myths and truths that emerge from memories.

The Drawer,

Stations trailer, https:

Project Description

Through my work, I trace the indelible impressions of identity, loss, and longing that remain over time. As a photographer and visual artist, I have recently been drawn to the medium of video because it encourages a fluid exploration of image, sound, time and space, which parallels the experience of memory.

The Tree of Life award will help cover equipment expenses for the completion and presentation of Stations. This short film stems from personal memories of my deceased father, a loved one who remains an enigma. The film unfolds as abstractions from an inner narrative shaped by his elusive presence. The abstractions are presented as sequential chapters referencing the various channels through which my father continues to access me. (The work was inspired by an old transistor radio he left behind.) It is my intention to immerse the audience in a new experience based on the powerful effects of memory and loss on one’s life.

I plan to present Stations at upcoming national film festivals in 2015 and 2016. One of my short films, The Drawer, was named an official selection of the 27th Annual Dallas Video Fest held October 8-19, 2014. I attended the festival and introduced my film before the screening at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas. This was an impressive festival and I hope to premiere Stations at this venue.