Dick Termes

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Dick Termes
Termes in his art gallery.
Termes in his art gallery.
EducationBS Art BHSU,
MA Art University of Wyoming,
MFA Otis College of Art and Design
Known forPainting
Notable workTermespheres
WebsiteOfficial Website

Dick Termes is an American artist who uses a six-point perspective system that he devised to create unique paintings on large spheres called Termespheres.[1] He is the world's leading spherical artist. In 2014, Dick was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame.[2] He currently lives and works in Spearfish, South Dakota.[3]


Termespheres are paintings on spherical canvases that capture an entire environment (up, down, left, right, front and back). Their style was inspired by Termes's desire to "paint the total picture."[4] Termespheres are typically hung by small chains and rotated with electric ceiling motors to reveal a complete, closed universe as the spheres slowly rotate.[5]

One of his termespheres is most famously used on the cover of an edition of A Brief History of Time of the late physicist Stephen Hawking.[5]    

Workshops and lectures[edit]

Termes conducts lectures and workshops for schools, universities, and the general public, revealing the connections between art and math/science in his work.[6][7]

Personal life and education[edit]

In 2012, this design of Termes' was proposed as the new flag of South Dakota by Representative Bernie Hunhoff, although no change was ultimately made.[8]

Dick Termes was born in California, where his father worked in a shipyard.[9]

He received a B.S. with an art major from Black Hills State University in 1964, a master's degree in art in 1969 from the University of Wyoming (the time when the idea for the Termesphere was first developed) and Masters of Fine Arts at Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County, 1971.[9] He joined the South Dakota State Arts Council in 1972.[9]


  • South Dakota Hall of Fame Induction, Chamberlain SD. 2014
  • Rushmore Honors Award, Rapid City SD. 2006
  • Breckenridge Festival of Film, Documentary TERMESPHERES: TOTAL WORLDS 2001
  • Governor's Award for Distinction in Creative Achievement 1999
  • S.D. Museum of Art- Artistic Achievement Citation, 1986
  • Four South Dakota Arts Council Fellowship Grants, 1976-80-84-94
  • Three Semesters paid by Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles Ca.1969–71 for MFA


  1. ^ "Dick Termes : Termespheres". Practical Painting. 2005. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Art and Mathematics Conference". www.albany.edu.
  3. ^ "KELOLAND.com | Lund at Large". Archived from the original on 2014-08-26. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
  4. ^ http://archive.bridgesmathart.org/2013/bridges2013-425.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  5. ^ a b "Termesphere Gallery". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  6. ^ "S.D. artist Dick Termes to present public lecture, student workshops at NSU". Northern State University. 2017-10-24. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  7. ^ artscouncil.sd.gov https://artscouncil.sd.gov/ta/dicktermes.aspx. Retrieved 2019-04-05. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Hunhoff, Bernie (Jan 24, 2012). "A New Flag for South Dakota". South Dakota Magazine.
  9. ^ a b c Pioneer, Kaija Swisher Black Hills. "50 years of Termespheres!". Black Hills Pioneer. Retrieved 2019-04-05.

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