Terri Pollack

Monday, May 2 to Sunday, August 21, 2022

Kansas City artist and KCAI alumna Terri Pollack draws inspiration for her pieces from the art world around her. Painting brightly colored backgrounds, she creates vibrant images and then crosses her work into different media. Terri’s work is on display at the Oak Park branch until August 21, 2022.


Tell us about the works on exhibit. What’s the medium? What has inspired their creation?

I'm displaying some portraits from my latest series. I did some quick sketches while on Zoom meetings or online artist talks of some of my friends and acquaintances, then created oil paintings from those drawings. 


What do you wish to convey when working on a portrait?

I wish to convey movement and energy from quick glances.


What themes do you pursue?

I usually work figuratively using the human figure. 


Abstract portrait of woman in tones of brown, white and green.


What areas of your work or personal development are you hoping to explore?

I'm constantly honing my skills and growing. I would like to do more commission work. 


What is your most important artistic tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

My most important tool is a sketchbook and pencil, I carry one with me at all times.


Please list 5-10 books, movies and/or music that currently inspire you.

David Hockney by Marco Livingstone

A Big Important Art Book (Now with Women) by Daniella Krysa

Art After the Revolution: Women who transformed Contemporary Art by Eleanor Heartney, Helaine Posner, Nancy Princenthal, and Sue Scott

The Reckoning Women Artists of the New Millennium by Eleanor Heartney, Helaine Posner, Nancy Princenthal, and Sue Scott

Artemis by Andy Weir

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

Circe by Madeline Miller