Terry Winters speaking Oct. 20 for Synapse series on bio-mimicry


"Cricket Music" by Terry Winter is one of the artist's many examples of how nature informs design.

American artist Terry Winters will give an illustrated lecture about his work at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Akron Art Museum.

Sponsored by the Jean Thomas Lambert Foundation, the free lecture is part of The University of Akron’s Synapse: Art and Science, an ongoing series begun in 2007 to probe the ideas, images and mutual interests connecting arts and science professionals and disciplines.

Bio-mimicry — how nature informs design — is the current focus of Synapse. Over the course of his career, Winters has expanded the concerns of abstract art, beginning with botanically inspired images and going on to explore biological processes, scientific and mathematical fields, and issues raised by the interaction of information technologies and the human mind. He maintains a strong modernist sensibility that reveals itself in the symbolic figural language he develops in his work.

About the artist

Born in 1949, Winters received a BFA from Pratt University, New York, in 1971. He has had solo exhibitions at Tate Gallery, London (1986); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1992); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1999); the Kunsthalle Basel (2000); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2001); and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2009). Winters lives and works in New York City and Columbia County, New York, and is represented by the Matthew Marks Gallery in New York City.

The lecture is free. Admission will be charged to view the museum’s collections and temporary exhibitions that evening until 9 p.m. The Akron Art Museum is at One South High Street in downtown Akron.

For more information about Synapse, contact UA Art Professor Matthew Kolodziej at 330-972-6030 or mattk@uakron.edu.

Media contact: Cyndee Snider, 330-972-5196 or cyndee@.uakron.edu.