Matthew Terrell

Artist and Writer from the Fine City of Atlanta

Matthew Terrell works as an artist, writer, and communication professional in the fine city of Atlanta. His work focuses on issues such as HIV/AIDS, drag culture, queer Southern identity, and the intersection of sexuality and technology. Terrell's visual art has shown in San Francisco, Atlanta, and Savannah. Currently, his sculpture "Atlanta's HIV+ Population Now" is on view at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. He contributes reviews, essays, and articles for publications including BURNAWAY Magazine, VICE, Huffington Post, Creative Loafing, and ArtsATL. Terrell has spoken about issues related to HIV (including organ donation, PrEP, and other prevention initiatives), for NPR's "Here and Now," Georgia Public Broadcasting's "On Second Thought," "City Lights," WABE's "Closer Look" and "City Lights" with Lois Reitzes. His proudest moment was, while researching an article on Keith Haring’s work in Atlanta, finding a missing fragment of the original Haring mural. Terrell helped return the piece to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.Terrell has attended Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Studios of Key West, and Serenbe Artist Residency. He has a BFA and MFA in writing from SCAD, and an MA in communications from Georgia State University. Terrell was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Prague, and studied international media at Charles University 2008-2009. He is an alum of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta class of 2016, Burnaway Emerging Arts Writers Mentorship Program in 2015, and NPR's Next Generation Radio in 2006.