Terry Evans has photographed the prairies and plains of North America and the urban prairie of Chicago. Combining both aerial and ground photography, she delves into the intricate and complex relationships between land and people. Her work explores the virgin prairie, working steel mills, Greenland ice sheets, a small town in the Kansas Flint Hills, the oil boom in North Dakota, and Ft. Worth’s Trinity River and the people who use it, and now petcoke in Southeast Chicago.
Explorations of the effects of land use on local people have led her to use her work as a means of advocacy for local people’s rights and for climate change awareness. She joins the people of Southeast Chicago who are fighting petcoke effects from Koch brothers owned petcoke storage on the banks of the Calumet River in the midst of a residential neighborhood.
Evans has exhibited widely including one-person shows at the Chicago Art Institute, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History ,The Field Museum of Natural History, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Amon Carter Museum of Art
Evans is a Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of an Anonymous Was a Woman award. Her work is in museum collections including the Chicago Art Institute, Museum of Modern Art, N.Y., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Amon Carter Museum of Art and many other museum collections.