Originally from Chicago, IL, Terry Havlis Drahos received her Bachelor of Design from Southern Illinois University and Bachelor of Education at Acadia and NSCAD Universities, specializing in Art and Technology.
Increasingly involved in the Nova Scotia arts community, Drahos has served on the board of directors for numerous arts organizations. She founded and directed public art and education project Uncommon Common Art (2008-2019). Growing the organization from an ad hoc group of artists to a registered charity recognized in national arts publications.
Her artwork often examines social identity and perceptions. Drahos has exhibited nationally, and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. She is passionate about art education dividing her time between her studio and sharing the love of making with children. Presently she is working with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia developing on-line resources for art education and planning her 13th year of summer camp at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens.