Terry Lee Dill was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, he had lived in over thirty-seven states by the age of seven. He finally settled in Iowa and at early age he won a series, of art scholarships through high school at the Des Moines Art Center. After high school he worked on heavy construction building one the first nuclear power plants located in Blair, Nebraska. He became the assistant the head structural engineer on the main containment vessel for the nuclear reactor. Within a year, the head engineer, his mentor had recommended him to return to college. He discovered the dangers nuclear power while around hot (radioactive) plant in Cedar Rapids Iowa.
He watched as tons radioactive waste was hauled away on a daily basis to some unknown dump site. He has lectured against Atomic Powerful for many years. Terry continued to work as high rigger and steel connector through the summer months throughout his college career. He received his first Associate Degree in Architectural Engineering, with honors, He elected to go back to making art and received a BFA in painting and sculpture with the first art scholarship awarded at Drake University in Iowa. He was offered a full scholarship, teaching assistantship, research grant at the University of Iowa and earned MA and MFA in Sculpture in a three year program. He moved directly to New York City and created a series of small maquettes for large scale sculpture. He later produced a number these sculptures and architectural pieces. They were generally classified constructivism in critical reviews of his work. He was the first person to ever win in two categories from the New York Foundation on the Arts in Fellowships in both sculpture and architecture in the same year and won a third time three years later. He has lectured on his work at fifty different universities and colleges around the country including Stanford, Yale and Harvard, he has had a dozen one-person shows. He moved to Detroit and earned his MA in Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and has taught at College for Creative Studies for over 15 years. He continues to work on commissioned art projects, developing architectural concepts like the new design of the smallest livable house in LA (150 sq. ft. for one person). He started project making 100 gold leaf drawings using one word definitions in his studio in LA.