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Terry Toedtemeier

American, 1947-2008


Oregon: Portland, July 8, 1947


Oregon: Hood River, December 10, 2008


Oregon; Idaho; Nevada; Washington; California

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Northwest artist

Oregon artist


For more than twenty years, Terry Toedtemeier shared his passion for the art of photography with visitors to the Portland Art Museum. As the Museum's first Curator of Photography, he added more than 5,000 photographs to a small but substantial permanent collection, forming a robust group of works that chronicles the history of photography. During his tenure, Toedtemeier curated and collaborated on the organization of numerous exhibitions that ranged in scope and subject matter from political and cultural themes to historical overviews and individual artist retrospectives. His curatorial vision culminated in the critically successful 2008 exhibition and publication Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867-1957.

An accomplished photographer in his own right, Toedtemeier's landscape photographs are included in numerous collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among many others. Toedtemeier's photography explores the spectacular geology of the Pacific Northwest, especially its unique basalt formations. With a degree in geology from Oregon State University and a lifelong sensitivity to natural beauty, he was an artist and scholar who merged aesthetics and science.




Given in honor of Terry Toedtemeier Memorial Gifts

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