About & Classes


Terry Klaaren  - Fine Arts Artist, Plein air Painter, Muralist, Master Scenic, Illustrator, Cartoonist, Arts Instructor 

Artist Resume:
American artist Terry KLAAREN is a professional artist living and working in the Tampa Bay area and Central Florida for over 40 years. Born in Iowa in 1951, he lived in the Midwest and attended college in New York before moving to Tampa in 1972 with his wife, Dori. Continually painting, his numerous commissioned paintings and murals span from Canada and the US to Europe and the Caribbean and his Fine Art and Plein air paintings have won numerous awards and recognition. 
Print Media & Publishing  
  • Printing & Lithography production staff
  • Art Director for five business magazines; published illustrator, Published cartoonist 
  • Free-lance-  logo and graphic design; brochure and advertising design and production
  • Published author in 2016: From the Deep South to the Old West Artist's Journal

Free-Lance Artist and Scenic
  • National Convention Display and Demonstration Artist
  • Carousel animals and amusement appointments
  • Scenic Painter and Sculptor for FM Productions and other production companies  serving clients such as Universal Studios,                       MGM, Warner Bros., DisneyWorld Florida; Euro Disney; Six Flags, Chicago; Busch Gardens, Tampa among others.
  • Museum exhibits for MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry), Tampa, FL
  • Murals, Decorative Paint, and Surface Authentication in public buildings, businesses, restaurants and private homes
  • Set Design and Construction for Channel 8, Tampa, FL; Home Shopping Network, Clearwater, FL 

Projects of Note
  • Muralist Tampa General Hospital women’s floor, neo-natal unit, pediatric burn unit, daycare center; Tampa 
  • Builder of the Recyclosaurus Icon at MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) Tampa, FL
  • Muralist Tampa General Hospital women's services: neo-natal unit, pediatric burn unit, daycare center
  • Muralist Jose Gaspar headquarters;  MOSI’s Labworks, Hydro-exhibit, anthropology exhibit, Kids-in-Charge Exhibit;
  • University Area Community Center rotunda mural & “confetti”; Palma Ceia Country Club Daycare Center; 
  • Muralist over 100 Hillsborough County and Pasco County Schools; over 700 homes and businesses in the Tampa Bay area. 
  • Out of State Projects include: Poison Spider Bicycles, Moab, UT; Kayak launch, Beaver Island State Park, 
  • DecoArt new product tester, professional contributir, Trade Convention demonstrator
  • Grand Island Center Mural Project, Grand Island, NY
  • Builder Pepin Gasparilla Parade "Recyclodales" for KTBB

Fine Art Solo Exhibitions
TECO Plaza, Tampa; Kotler Gallery, Tampa; Tampa District offices of Southwest Florida Water Management, MOSI’s  Imax Dome ‘Arc Gallery’, Old Hyde Park Art Center, Tampa; The Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa; The Bok Tower Visitor Center, Lake Wales, FL, Alric T Pottberg Gallery, Pasco-Hernando Community College.

Current Exhibitions: Tampa offices of Florida’s Department of Transportation, MOSI Imax 4th floor Gallery, The Audubon Resource Center, Tampa at Lettuce Lake Park and the Tampa Offices of Keep Tampa bay Beautiful.

Fine Art Collections
  • Southwest Florida Water Management District Brooksville Office
  • Nature’s Classroom TECO Environmental Resource Center
  • Aaron Fodiman & Margaret Word-Burnside Collection, Dunedin, FL
  • Florida Dept of Transportation
  • Personal Collection of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel
  • Personal Collection of Gov. Zell Miller Family

Affiliations and Memberships
  • DecoArt, Inc., Stanford, KY
  • AOE Art Supplies, Tampa, FL

Charitable Organization Affiliations for Fundraising Events
Past & Present:
Hillsborough County Friends of the Parks, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Mayor’s Beautification Program, Tampa Garden Club, Temple Terrace Garden Club, Temple Terrace Preservation Society, Tampa Chapter of the National Audubon Society, Tampa Chapter of the Sierra Club, Florida Air Museum Education Fund, Florida Aviators Assoc., Lion’s Club, Tampa, Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Institute Education Fund, Gasparilla International Film Festival, WEDU-PBS, MacDonald Training Center, Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Tampa. University of Tampa Chiseler's Preservation Association, Roswell Park Cancer Research Institute, Buffalo, NY; The MOSI Foundation, Tampa;  SWAMP (SouthWestFlorida  Assn. of Mountainbike Peddlers), Nature's Classroom and Learning Gate Schools of Hillsborough County, Florida, Habitat for Humanity- Pinellas, Temple Terrace Arts Council, First Tee- Tampa Chapter.
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