Terry Parmelee American, b. 1929


Theodora (Terry) Lillian Schreiber Parmelee was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1929. She graduated in 1967 with an MA in Fine Arts from American University, Washington, DC. Her first studies in the art of the woodcut took place in the late 1950s when she studied with Un'Ichi Hiratsuka, in Tokyo, Japan. In 1966 she studied privately with color woodcut artist Carol Summers (1925-2016). In the following ten years Parmelee developed a strong reputation for her large color woodcuts both in Washington, DC and throughout the country.

Parmalee taught woodcut techniques at Montgomery College in Maryland (1969-1977) and at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC (1972-1973). From 1966 to 1999 Terry Parmelee created 122 original prints. In 2003 the book, Terry Parmelee Prints, 1966-1999: A Catalogue Raisonne (edited by Patricia La Liberte), was published.

Parmelee has participated in several exhibitions, such as The Ukraine-American Graphic Arts Symposium (1995) and The National Museum of Women in the Arts (1996). Her original woodcuts and paintings are included in the following collections; The University of Delaware, IBM, the First National Bank of Chicago, Smith, Kline Corporation, the Corcoran Gallery, Georgetown University and the National Museum of Art, Washington, DC.