Teresa Prater is the Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus of Studio Art at Converse College, Spartanburg, SC, where she taught classes in painting, drawing, design, and book arts.
She received her BFA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and her MA and MFA in painting and drawing from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
She is a versatile artist working with encaustic wax painting, oil paint, photography, charcoal, and artists’ books and has won numerous awards over the years. Her most recent work includes working with encaustic medium and highly manipulated digital photographs that focus on the figure.
In 2010 Teresa created a body of encaustic wax paintings based on the music Quartet for the End of Time, by Olivier Messiaen. This projected presentation was done in collaboration with faculty from the Music and Theater Departments at Converse College.
Her drawings, paintings, photographs, and artist books have been shown in thirty one-person exhibitions and over 100 exhibitions nationally and in Mexico and Switzerland. Teresa has curated four book arts exhibitions and has taught workshops in the book arts and encaustic wax painting for several years.
Teresa was one of six visual artists selected by the city of Spartanburg to participate in the Cultural Exchange Program in Winterthur, Switzerland, where she exhibited her charcoal drawings and participated in a one-week residency. She has been a fellow at the artists’ residencies Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Hambidge Center in Georgia, and Studio Camnitzer in Lucca, Italy.
Teresa is a founding member of the West Main Artists Cooperative in Spartanburg, SC.
Teresa recently moved to New Mexico and is setting up her studio. She loves to garden and read books while contemplating her next art adventure.