Terry founded Chase Studio in 1973 after completing his graduate work in paleontology at the University of Michigan. It was there he met his mentor, George Marchand, who worked closely with Terry in Missouri when he retired, and who groomed Terry to carry on his work. George and his father before him had enjoyed long and distinguished careers in museum exhibit work. Like Marchand, Chase had a passion for both art and natural history, and was able to combine these interests to create a highly successful and gratifying career. During nearly 50 years in this business, Terry has trained over 200 individuals, both as employees and in apprenticeships conducted through Missouri State University. Almost everyone presently involved in producing natural history models has some connection to the Studio. Also during this time, Chase Studio has designed and constructed exhibits for hundreds of museums worldwide where millions of visitors see our work each week. This exposure has had a significant influence on the environmental movement. Still directing Chase Studio, Terry is also involved in laying the groundwork for a major natural history museum in the Ozarks, as well as the publication of several books.
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