Terry Suhre is a native of Southern Illinois growing up on the banks of the Mississippi River near the small town of Chester, Illinois. He holds a B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana (1976) and a M.F.A. in Painting (1980) from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
He has held the position of director for Gallery 210 and assistant professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since August of 1996. He is the director Gallery 210 and oversees all aspects of its program. Prior to Suhre's appointment at UMSL he was director for five years at the Catherine Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University, Boone North Carolina, where in addition to the curatorial, administrative and teaching duties he oversaw the visual arts component of An Appalachian Summer. Suhre began his career at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.
Since1983 Suhre has curated over 40 exhibitions including Bill Smith: Spring, Cynthia Pachikara: Shadow Work; Bea Nettles: Return Trips; Carrie Mae Weems, May Days Long Forgotten; Robert Stackhouse: A Print Retrospective, Sol Lewitt: Selected Prints from the 90’s, James Surls: Embracing Paradox; Natural Bridge Road: An Awareness of Place, an collaborative project by Michael Piazza; Jackie Brookner: Of Earth and Cotton; Views From Ground Level: Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Jackie Brookner, Dominique Mazeaud and Bryant Holsenbeck (Co-Curated with Hank T. Foreman); Moholy-Nagy: A New Vision for Chicago, Locations of Desire: Phyllis Bramson, Michiko Itatani and Vera Klement and many others.
In addition to his gallery duties Suhre serves on several community arts boards and is active as a guest curator and juror. In 2001 Suhre was cited as Best Curator in St. Louis by the Riverfront Times annual “Best of St. Louis” issue.
Affiliate Associate Professor
Director, Gallery 210