Terri Friedman

Artadia Awardee

“The creative output of the participating artists was incredible, and just reinforced that the Bay Area is rich with art and artists who push the boundary of deeply rooted innovation and justice that the world craves right now… , I was extremely impressed with their artistic excellence, rigorous practice and their clear artistic voice.  I applaud the team at Artadia for keeping artists at the core of local, national and global conversations.” – Monetta White

Terri Friedman’s work responds to the current climate of anxiety and uncertainty by enlisting color, abstraction, and text to explore topical issues and personal narratives. Brain science, in particular research on neuroplasticity and epigenetics, are growing fields that set the context for her work. She explores with fiber and optimism the brain-body connection, mental health, and the brain’s ability to rewire from psychological and physical trauma. 

After receiving her BA from Brown University and her MFA from the Claremont Graduate School, Friedman exhibited her kinetic sculptures at such venues as the San Jose Museum of Art, MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary, Orange County Museum of Art, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. More recently she has exhibited her large scale tapestries at the Berkeley Art Museum, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, CODA Museum, Netherlands, and gallery exhibitions in New York and California curated by Jenelle Porter, Glenn Adamson, Betty Sue Hertz and Rirkrit Tiravanija. In 2019 she was featured in Vitamin T: Threads and Textiles in Contemporary Art (Phaidon Press) and in 2020 she had a solo show at the CUE Art Foundation in NYC curated by artist Kathy Butterly.