photo by c. heis 2008


Kopana Terry works in many mediums: photography, music, drawing, writing, and on occasion, radio. As a musician she’s best known as the drummer for Arista Records’ Stealin Horses. Her writings are included in Arts Across Kentucky, D-Lib, and Kentucky Libraries. Along with exhibitions around the country, her photographs have appeared in The Head & The Hand Press, Appalachian Heritage, The Old-Time Herald, HeartwoodSpaces MagazineAce WeeklyLouisville Music News, Kentucky Bach Choir, Lexington’s Herald-Leader, and in the documentary Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family BusinessFrom 2006-2010, she was co-creator and senior producer for tonic: the arts and music magazine at NPR affiliate, WUKY. She’s been awarded grants from the Kentucky Arts Council, LexArts, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel in 1988. In 2003, her photo series Down the Backstretch: Women in the Thoroughbred Industry was awarded a citation of merit from Kentucky’s State House of Representatives. Her blog, the outhouse: where art goes, combines art with positive thought, and has a growing following. She earned her BA in Art Studio/Photography and Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky. Kopana was born and (mostly) raised in Eastern Kentucky, in the county seat of Morgan County, West Liberty. She currently resides in Lexington, KY with one cat that thinks she’s a dog, one cat afraid of dogs, and one stinky awesome dog, Wallace J. Terry.


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self portrait 1998
self portrait 1998

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4 Responses

  1. dale pierce

    Accident that i ended up here…maybe not. hmmm. i live in houston. many many years ago i had both stealin horses cassettes. how about that. the spirit of that part of your life still affects people. people you don’t know, people you will never meet. what else should i say?

  2. E. Thomas Wood

    Hi, Kopana–
    I have recently gotten some negatives from the old days on Nashville’s Rock Block digitized. Seeing #1 below reminded me how much I liked SH–do I have the ID right?
    #2 is just for context: I’m wearing a Shaking Family t-shirt–a KY band you may remember. My friend Kurt Denny married the lead singer/songwriter in 1990, and so maybe this appearance is that late. But the hottie with me is wearing a cheap leather jacket I bought in Juarez in 1988. I married said hottie in 1989, and we now live with our daughter, 25, in Nashville.
    All best,
    Tom Wood

    • Kopana

      Hi Tom! What great photos. #1 is not SH. I’m not sure who it is. I’m glad you married the hottie in #2 and that you’re still living your best life! I remember Shaking Family and Kurt Denny. They were a great band.

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