Famed Termespheres Artist to Give Community Presentation at FVCC

Dick Termes paints a Termesphere.

Flathead Valley Community College will welcome internationally-acclaimed artist Dick Termes to deliver a free presentation for the community on campus May 3.

Termes is the creator of Termespheres, unique creations in which he uses a six-point perspective to hand paint spherical canvases.  Termespheres capture the entire visual world from one revolving point in space, creating an optical illusion.  The spheres range from two-and-a-half inches to two feet in diameter, each offering a revolving three-dimensional exploration of space and time.

During the presentation, Termes will show a video featuring many of the pieces he has completed and will discuss how and why he created each piece.  Examples of his Termespheres will be on display for the audience to view.

Earlier in the week, Termes will teach workshops on cylindrical perspective and three-dimensional geometry to math and art students at Flathead Valley Community College, Flathead High School, Glacier High School, and Kalispell Middle School.

Termes began creating spherical paintings in 1968 when he received a masters degree in art from the University of Wyoming.  He continued his pursuit with his thesis on the Termesphere at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles where he received his Master of Fine Arts.  Termes’ work has been recognized from San Francisco and Paris, France, to New York and Japan, and his one of a kind spherical paintings have been published in books all over the world.  Recently, Termes’ piece titled “The Big Bang” was featured on the cover of France’s publication of Stephen Hawking’s “Une Belle Histoire du Temps” which means “A Brief History of Time.”

A collection of Termespheres are currently on display for public view in the FVCC library.  The library is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. in the large community meeting room in the Arts and Technology Building.  For more information about Termes and his artwork, visit www.termespheres.com.  For more information about the presentation, contact Don Hickethier at 756-3361.

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