Laura Terry, associate professor of architecture, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. Southern culture is at the heart of Terry’s research, painting and teaching. Her paintings, which she has exhibited in Savannah, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and New York, celebrate the Southern landscape and its rich tradition of porches, agrarian ruins and food.
With all teaching endeavors, Terry encourages students to see beyond what is easily seen and to capture the extraordinary from the ordinary landscape around them. She has directed five honors student theses on topics ranging from a spatial analysis of Alwin Nickolais’ choreographic works to the production of a 12 ½-foot-wide by 6 ½-foot-high abstract drawing that pushes the boundaries between 2-D and 3-D space. One of Terry’s students published his honors thesis in Inquiry: The University of Arkansas Undergraduate Research Journal, and others have received SURF and Honors College research grant support. Terry has served on numerous honors theses committees across disciplines and colleges, and regularly participates in Honors College grant reviews and fellowship interviews.
Terry previously received the Department of Architecture McIntosh Faculty Award (2003), the Tau Sigma Delta Silver Medal (2005) and an Office of Nationally Competitive Awards Outstanding Mentor Award (2008).