Terrill A. Knaack


A native of the Horicon Marsh area of Wisconsin, Terrill grew up in an area rich in wetlands and natural areas. He was attracted to the variety of migrating birds that came and went through this area, and his love of nature blended with his love of the visual arts. Terrill attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison earning degrees in art and wildlife ecology. Upon graduation, he pursued a career in painting and was an understudy of museum curator and Natural History artist, Owen Gromme, for seven years. Terrill was Gromme's only student.

Knaack's paintings have been shown at many of the nations natural history museums, as well as at numerous Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum shows and the national Geographic Society's Explorer's Hall in Washington D.C. Terrill has had numerous one man shows in his career including featured visual artist of the Green Lake Festival of Art. In 1983, Terrill received the Alumni Achievement Award from Wayland Academy and was selected as Honorary Chairperson for Wisconsin Youth Art Month in 1986. He has continued to lend his support to art education programs from high school through the college level.


Terrill's originals hang in private collections throughout the nation. Collectors of originals also include many of the Midwest's major corporations, such as Miller Brewing, Pabst Farms, State Farm Insurance, ABC Supply, Powercom, Advance Products and Century Telephone to name a few. Terrill has produced many paintings and limited edition prints for Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, and Wings Over Wisconsin as the "Artist of the Year" for these conservation organizations. Over 70 limited edition prints and canvas reproductions have been published. The majority of limited edition prints are sold out editions.

Terrill was a Featured Artist for the Wisconsin Public Television Great TV Auction and received the Artist of the Year award from the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association in 2011. Recent representative collections of Terrill’s work were acquired for permanent display at the Wisconsin Veterans Administration (and now hang in the Chapel at Boland Hall in Union Grove), and at the Beaver Dam Community Hospital. Seven landscapes painted from Wisconsin's state natural areas and sanctuaries were purchased by the UW Hospital and Clinics for their new American Center Hospital to open in the Fall of 2015. In addition, Terrill's painting White on White - Snowy Owl, which was part of the 2014 Woodson Art Museum's Birds in Art Show, was added to their permanent collection.

Terrill continues to paint at his studio and in the field. He has added new dimensions to his work by concentrating on plein aire paintings and larger landscapes that explore the spirtual reality of nature.

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