Our presenter is Patricia Anderson Turner, she will present “Visual Essays”, a presentation that explores Social Commentary Art, writing effective artist and piece statements, and why entering “all media” art exhibits is so important to me (and why you may want to try it, too!).
Patricia addresses social and political issues with her mixed media and textile art as created in her Punta Gorda, Florida, studio. Issues Turner addresses are as varied as the history of white supremacy and of racial division, gun violence, and the environment; among other issues of our time. Turner’s career highlights include a First Place at the Verona Museum of Modern Art, Italy, in 2011 as well as top honors in museums, art galleries, and art centers throughout the United States. Recently, Turner has been tapped by renown political art curator Karen Gutfreund for a featured display of her installation “Assault on Orlando” in the “Deadlocked and Loaded” exhibit in New York starting this February through April, 2021. Turner is also currently exhibiting at the Bailey Matthews Shell Museum, Sanibel’s “H20” exhibit February through April, and at the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) in NYC “The Resilience of Grief” exhibit, also February through the end of April, 2021. She recently received The Award of Excellence from English Juror Sue Coe at the Reece Museum in Tennessee, First Place and Merit Awards at Art Center Sarasota, and has been selected for juried exhibits in Manhattan’s Grand Central Library and the Foosaner Museum (Melbourne, FL) as well as online exhibits.
Turner’s “Women Take Issue” exhibit, both curated and invitational by Turner, will encompass all three galleries (12,500 square feet) of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Ft Myers. Note: Originally scheduled for October of 2020, the ““Women Take Issue” exhibit has been rescheduled to February of 2022 with an Opening Reception date of February 4th, 2022.
Turner’s social commentary work has been published in scholarly reference books about human rights and health and featured in the PBS film “Crossroads” as well as purchased for permanent public collections in museums, universities, and the travelling Human Rights Art Exhibition.
Turner is a juried member of the National Association of Women Artists based in New York City (NAWA) and the Florida Artists Group (FLAG). She has regular membership in the Ft Myers Alliance of the Arts, in Art Quilters Unlimited, and is an inaugural member of the Sarasota Art Museum (SAM).
Turner’s website is www.patriciaturnerart.com