April 18, 2007

'Renaissance Man' Terry Allen to visit SIUC

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Terry Allen, described by the Los Angeles Times as "truly deserving of the title Renaissance Man," will visit Southern Illinois University Carbondale later this month.

Allen, a singer, songwriter and visual artist, will be on campus beginning April 26 as part of the Visiting Artist Program sponsored by the School of Art and Design, part of SIUC's College of Liberal Arts.

Allen will discuss his artwork at 7 p.m. on April 26 in Lawson Hall room 161. His free musical performance is set for 7 p.m. on April 28 at Shryock Auditorium.

Allen specializes in multi-agency installation art, incorporating video, sound and text to create scenes for a visitor to enter and experience. "He transforms that space and takes you some place else," said Jerry Monteith, associate professor in the School of Art and Design.

As a musician, Allen is part of the Lubbock, Texas, alternative-country movement. He has recorded with Lucinda Williams, David Byrne and Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, to name a few.

Allen, an internationally recognized artist, is the recipient of three grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and has a Guggenheim Fellowship to his credit as well. He received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles.