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Terry Suhre, Gallery 210, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Terry Suhre probably has the toughest job in the art business: He's the curator of a small university gallery. That means he's got to fill a yearlong calendar with art. He's got to curate original shows and nab traveling exhibitions. He has to work with a small space and an even smaller budget. And he has to operate within the wider educational mandate of the university. Suhre walks these tightropes with flair and has managed to make Gallery 210 a prime destination for art viewing. Among his successes this year, Suhre organized Kit Keith's Some Girls, which remains the best exhibition of Keith's work shown in St. Louis. Along with Katherine Huntoon of Old Dominion University, Suhre organized James Surls' Embracing Paradox, a traveling exhibition that included a beautiful color catalog. And over the summer, Suhre curated Aspects of Being at Webster University, a great survey of works by four local artists. Ever humble, Suhre credits the student staff at Gallery 210 for much of its success. And he assumes that "artists are doing me a favor by agreeing to exhibit at Gallery 210, not the other way around." But it's also his imagination, flexibility and knowledge of art that explain his success.

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