RESIDENT ARTIST Terri Bluebird

We are so excited to have Terri Bluebird as our resident artist

Terri Lynn Bluebird was born in 1992 on Fort Bragg’s military base in North Carolina. Her last name was given by her mother, being a member of the Lakota Sioux Tribe from Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota. Daughter of two decorated Army retiree’s, she swore the military path wasn’t for her until she had too much fun at her first attempt in college. The United States Army turned the dropout into a Health Care Specialist/Combat medic and Paratrooper. Hoping to tour the world, she ended up serving her first enlistment in her hometown. Making the best of her stay, she made history by becoming the 82nd Airborne Division’s First Female Paratrooper of the Year in 2015, a tradition that has been male dominated since its origin sixty-six years ago.  

The Army offered Sergeant Bluebird an ROTC Scholarship at the University of Tampa in hopes she’d go on as an Infantry Officer. Little did her commander and comrades know, she was struggling to find her identity underneath the uniform. She felt everyone else was telling her who to be and what to do, causing an internal awakening of anguish. Silently stating to herself, “Just because I’m good at this, doesn’t mean I have to do it,” which resulted in honorably parting ways with her military career. Falling into the Fine Art Studios at the University, Terri took an Introduction to Painting course which revealed fiery hidden talents at her fingertips. Not thinking anything of the work she was producing, her professor told her, “Kid, you’ve got some skills for never touching a brush before.” This specific statement is what opened her eyes to pursue the blind passion her hands were introducing to her. Terri earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Printmaking in December of 2020. She has further ambitions to seek a Master’s of Fine Art in Drawing. ​​​​​​​