Terry Braunstein


Throughout my career, I have translated my ideas into a variety of media — photography, books, installation, video, sculpture and public artwork. The common thread has been a kind of visual archaeology, exploring the world through research and scientific observation and challenging the viewer to find meaning by delving deeply into my work.

I am, first and foremost, a collector, constantly culling images from books, magazines, and various types of ephemera, usually with no specific idea of how they might find their way into my artworks. Old magazines, encyclopedias, maps, dollhouse furniture and bric-a-brac found at flea markets, yard sales, and used book stores provide the raw materials that inspire and fuel my work. Lifted out of their habitual context and juxtaposed to form new narratives, the selected images travel across time, allowing viewers to contemplate the past, the present, as well as the nature of time itself. The resulting artwork is often autobiographical and addresses issues of daily life and personal memory, asking questions about the hidden forces that govern the universe and human history.


Multi-media photomontage artist, TERRY BRAUNSTEIN, resides in Long Beach, California. She was born in Washington, D.C. and received her BFA from the University of Michigan and her MFA from the Maryland Institute of Art. She taught at the Corcoran School of Art for 15 years, and was visiting guest artist at California State University, Long Beach. She has exhibited her work in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Gallery Miyazaki in Japan the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Sala Arcs gallery in Barcelona, Spain. She had one-person shows at the Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica, in 1992, 1994, 1997 and 2009. She has also had one-person exhibitions at the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Fendrick Gallery and Washington Project for the Arts in Washington D.C.; Marcuse Pfeifer Gallery and Franklin Furnace in New York, and many others around the world.

Her work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Getty Center for the Arts and Humanities, the National Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in N.Y. Her photomontage book, Windows, was published in 1982 by the Visual Studies Workshop. She was the recipient of the National Book Award of the Library Fellows of the National Museum of Women in the Arts for 1994. The resulting work, A Tale from the Fire, was published in April 1995.

Braunstein was invited to Andalucia, Spain as part of "Imagina"—a series of one-person exhibitions of photographers from around the world–and commissioned to create a photographic response to this area of Spain for the Universal Exposition in Seville in 1992. This exhibition continues to tour the Mediterranean countries and was brought together for two person exhibitions at ARCO ’97 in Madrid and in Salamanca in 1998. In 1996, Braunstein was invited to produce a serigraph at the Moscow Studio in Russia and to lecture at the Moscow Contemporary Art Center. That summer, she created a temporary public art installation for a Berlin, Germany metro station.

Terry Braunstein was the recipient of an Open Channels video grant from the Long Beach Museum of Art in 1992. She was awarded a commission to produce public art for a Los Angeles Metro-Rail Blue Line station. In 1985, Braunstein was awarded a Visual Artist Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1999, and again in 2012, she was awarded fellowships by the City of Long Beach. She was invited to Saratoga Springs, New York, for artist’s residencies at Yaddo in May 1997, April 1999, April 2003, and April 2005. Terry Braunstein was commissioned to create two photo-installations for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s "Windows on Wilshire" series, curated by Howard Fox. In September 1999, Braunstein was awarded a commission to create a memorial to the Navy presence in Long Beach; porcelain panels for the elevators of L.B. City Hall; and a 50th Anniversary sculpture for the City of Cerritos. In 2007 she completed mosaics and colored windows for the Sun Valley Health Center through the LA County Arts Commission, and in 2010 completed projects for the L.B. Transit at 6 different bus stations, a North Long Beach Entryway mosaic for the Redevelopment Agency of Long Beach and assisted Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske with art for Rosie the Riveter Park.
In 2013, she collaborated with choreographer Cyrus Parker-Jeannette and animator David Familian to create an installation-sculpture for a dance performance that was part of an NEA-funded project through the Arts Council of Long Beach to bring art to underserved communities.


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