Florida Artists Group

  Area III Member

  Patricia Turner — Painter

Patricia Turner

Cellular Skyline
30 x 40

Patricia Turner 


 Patricia Turner
Patricia Turner

Mayhem in the Middle East
40 x 30

Patricia Turner

Refugees Risking the Seas
30 x 40

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Artist Bio:

A versatile mixed media and textile artist, Patricia Anderson Turner is known for her social and political commentary art. Turner’s subjects are as varied as ebola, ISIS, mental illness, rape, social media, hunger, torture, and even high frequency trading among many others.  Turner’s career highlights include a First Place at the Verona Museum of Modern Art in 2011 as well as top honors in museums, art galleries, and art centers throughout the United States. Her current solo exhibit, “Viewpoints: All Sewn Up”, will be exhibited throughout Florida in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Two of Turner’s works were recently purchased for the permanent collection of the Museum of Michigan State University; her work is also in university and college collections in Florida and Texas.  Three of her pieces will be published in 2016 by the University of Nebraska Press in the book, Fiber Art and Human Rights and two pieces in the 2017 Indiana University Press’s book Fiber Art and Health.  Turner’s work is included in SAQA’s 2016  Portfolio 22 and in the 2017 Portfolio 23, featuring 200 artists from 20 countries.  Her work is also published in museum and exhibit catalogs throughout the United States. Turner and her work were featured on the PBS Crossroads special “The Fabric of Florida”.

Artist Statement:

My art addresses issues of social, cultural, and political concern. Utilizing familiar and iconic imagery, often of conflict and pain, and placing these images within backgrounds that are exuberant and colorful creates tension between the gravity of the subject matter and the cheery playfulness of the presentation. My goal is to disrupt complacency, encourage dialogue, and even provoke the viewer to examine issues that affect us all. The act of creating helps release my frustration over these thorny and complex ailments of our age.

I tempt the viewer's interest with vibrant colors and a variety of surface techniques. Initially, I paint with powdered dyes on silk (or archival paper) or I print my photographs on fabric with colorfast inks. I paint with thread utilizing the sewing machine's free motion feature, feed dogs dropped for control, with vivid rayon threads of all hues and sheen. Stitchery is my vehicle for mark making as well as for color blending. Embellishments complete the piece and may include my polymer clay figures, my separately constructed 3D fiber creations, or acquired items.

 My ultimate goal is to create art that is a catalyst for reflective thought.   


Solo Exhibitions:
2016         “Viewpoints: All Sewn Up” Front Gallery, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
2015          “Viewpoints: All Sewn Up” Gallery of the Hub on Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL    
2014          "Viewpoints: All Sewn Up" Unitarian Gallery, Port Charlotte, FL
2013          "Viewpoints: All Sewn Up" Mid-County Gallery, Port Charlotte, FL
                   "Fabricated Landscapes" Harbour View Gallery, Cape Coral, FL

Juried Exhibitions:

2016      “First LaGrange Southeast Regional” (formerly the LaGrange National), LaGrange, GA
                 Juror Deanna Sirlin: catalog
               “Art and Cultural Alliance’s National Juried Exhibition of 2016” The Emporium Center,
                  Knoxville, TN: Juror Samantha Andrews: catalog
               “Art Council of Southwest Florida” Sidney Berne Davis Art Center, Ft Myers, FL
              “The Engaged Object” Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO:
                  Jurors Marianne Lorenz and Becky Guy: catalog
              “Something New” SAQA Winter 2016 Journal’s juried Member Gallery
              “Mid-Atlantic Festival” Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton, VA
              “Permanent Collection of the Human Rights Art Exhibit” International Museum of the Arts and
                  Science, McAllen, TX Curator Richard Lubben: catalog
              “Mancuso Show Management: Florida” Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL
                   Jurors Carol Lyles Shaw, Marjan Kluepfel, Bobbie Berqueist

2015   "FL3TCH3R: Socially and Politically Engaged Art" Reece Museum, Johnson City, TN;
           Juror Joyce Ogden
           “Environmentally  Engaged” Tequesta Art Center and Museum, Jupiter, FL; Juror Paul Fisher
           “Pennsylvania Extravaganza XXII” Philadelphia Expo Center, Philadelphia, PN;
            Jurors Frieda Anderson, Bobbie Berquist, Jennie Rayment, Laura Wasilowski
           "Florida Flavor" 3rd annual statewide juried art exhibit, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL;
           Juror Rob Tarbell
           "29th Annual Juried Statewide Art Exhibit" Ft Myers Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers, FL;
           Juror Fran Gardner
           "Summer in the City" SAQA online juried gallery; Curator Terry Waldron
           "In The Wild" Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda, FL; Juror Megan Kissinger
           "Prima Vera" Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda, FL; Juror Christine Reichow                  
           "Mancuso Show Management Denver" Denver Mart, Denver, CO;
           Jurors Bobbi Berquest, Barbara Broshous, and Dierdra McElroy
           "At the Heart of It" Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL; Jurors Jerome Chesley and Jill Hoffman-Kowal
           "Tenth Annual Human Rights Art Exhibit" South Texas College, McAllen, TX;
           Juror Richard Lubben                 
           "Destination Savannah" Savannah Convention Center, Savannah, GA;
           Jurors Marjan Kluepfel, Deidra McElroy, and Sue Nickels
           "Fresh" Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL; Juror Kim Anderson
          "Creation Care: Water" Bridge Gallery, Littleton, CO
           "Coming Home" Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL; Jurors Suzanna Spann and Megan Voeller 
2014  "Second Annual Florida Flavor" Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL; Juror Ruth Grimm            "ARTchitecture" Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Ft Myers, FL
           "One World" Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL; Juror Kristen DuFrain
           "Breaking Traditions" Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL; Jurors Pat Dabbert and Jeff Schwartz
           "Art of the River" University of South Florida, Arcadia, FL

2013 "Viva Florida 500" Elliot Museum, Stuart, FL; Jurors Jeff Ripple and Caroline Jasper
           "58th Annual Made in Florida" Sara Love Gallery, Tallahassee, FL; Juror Mark Lindquist
           "First Annual Florida Flavor" Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL; Juror Katherine Pill
           "E Lucean LE Stelle" Piazza Santa Anastasia, Romeo & Juliet Gallery, Verona, Italy
           "Rio De La Paz" University of South Florida, Arcadia, FL

Invitational Exhibitions:

2015  "Different Views" Goff Gallery, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL  
          "SAQA Imaginations" Mancuso Show Management, Denver, CO
2013 "Sea Grape Gallery" Florida Gulf Coast University, Punta Gorda, FL
           "Art Quilters Unlimited Exhibition" Art for Act Gallery, Ft Myers, FL


2011   "Le Vie Della Si Incontrano a Verona" Museum of Modern Art, Verona, Italy
            First Place: Contemporary Silk Art
2015    “Pennsylvania National Extravaganza XXII” Third Place, Wall Art
2015    “Pennsylvania National Extravaganza XXII” Best Use of Color
2015    “Denver National Show” Honorable Mention
2010   "Mancuso Show Management: Southeastern States" Best Pictorial
            "Mancuso Show Management: Hampton, VA" Judge’s Choice
2009  "Mancuso Show Management: Southeastern States"   Best Use of Color
            Art Center Sarasota, Juried Fine Arts, Sarasota, FL
2014   "Coming Home" Honorable Mention
2012   "Breaking Boundaries" Honorable Mention
2010   "Fiber of Our Being" First Place
             Visual Art Center, Fine Arts, Punta Gorda, FL
2015     "Made by Hand" People’s Choice Award
2014     "Made by Hand" People’s Choice Award
2013     "Prima Vera" Merit Award
              "Firecracker" Merit Award

Featured Films and Publications:

2017     Fiber Art and Health Michigan State University and Indiana University Press
2016     Fiber Art and Human Rights Michigan State University and University of Nebraska Press
              Portfolio 23 SAQA’s annual portfolio of juried members  
              SAQA Winter 2016 Journal
2015    Portfolio 22 SAQA’s annual portfolio of 230 juried fiber artists from 19 countries  
             SAQA Fall Journal
             Fiber Art and Human Rights Michigan State University and University of Nebraska Press
2013    Florida PBS film, featured artist
             SAQA Winter Journal

Gallery Presentation:

Creations at the Village, Fishermen's Village, Punta Gorda, FL

Public and Private Collections:

2015    South Texas College, McAllen, TX "Human Rights Art Exhibit" permanent public collection
2014    Museum of Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI "Art Quilts and Human Rights"            
 permanent public collection
2011    Florida South Western College, Keystone Gallery, Punta Gorda, FL permanent public collection


Juried Artist Member, Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)
Surface Design Associates (SDA)  
Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL