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2017 East of the River Distinguished Artist Award Recipient James Terrell

Honfleur Gallery presented James Terrell with the 2017 East of the River Distinguished Artist Award. Honfleur Gallery exemplifies high standards of art and culture from across the city and nation. In 2012, the East of the River Distinguished Artist Award was created, to celebrate the exemplary caliber of artists from Wards 7 and 8.

Over its six-year history, the East of the River Distinguished Artist Award celebrates the achievements and contributions of East of the River artists who, individually and collectively, have made a positive impact on the state of the arts in Washington DC. The judging panel is composed of individuals who were past recipients of the award. Representing a variety of artistic disciplines, well versed in the history of the arts and with specific knowledge of the neighborhoods. James Terrell was selected by this panel of his peers to receive this auspicious award based on the aforementioned criteria.

About the Artist:
A native Washingtonian, Terrell was raised in Ward 7 by Rev. Dr. James E. Terrell and retired Judge Mary Terrell. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Howard University, followed by a Master of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design and a Maters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York with a concentration on Theology and the Fine Arts.

At the Historic Second Baptist Church of Washington DC, Terrell is currently an Assistant Pastor and Chairman of the Youth Department. He is also the Chair of the Music Committee, coordinating youth programs in the church and community. Additionally, he is the Director of Youth Programs for the Council of Churches of Greater Washington as well a regular artist lecturer.

James Terrell has been a DC art teacher for 10-years, teaching elementary, middle, high and Charter school students. His classes are designed to ensure that students learn and achieve despite their socioeconomic challenges. His volunteer efforts have extended to the 20-year-old High Tea Society – Girls Connected (HTS-GC) non-profit organization. In 2007, Terrell implemented an art youth program which served over 100 teen girls. The program expanded in 2008 to include 132 girls and boys funded by the Department of Employment Services and received a grant over $50k from the office of Victim Services. James is currently working to produce the fourth annual Creative Expression Competition in collaboration with PEPCO, the Council of Churches of Greater Washington and WMATA.

(via Honfleur Gallery. Photo courtesy of Honfleur Gallery.)