Past Exhibition Archives

Welcome to The Turner's Exhibition Archive. Here you will find information about previous museum exhibitions.

2017 – 2018
2016 – 2017
2015 – 2016
2014 – 2015
2013 – 2014
2012 – 2013
2011 – 2012
2010 – 2011

2010 – 2011

Spring Semester, 2011

April 18-May 13, 2011 16th Annual Juried Student Print Exhibition and 8th INK/clay

View Larger Closing reception and awards announcements with the University Art Gallery, Taylor Hall 6:00 PM May 13.

Eileen Macdonald, CSU, Chico professor of art and art history and printmaking instructor, will select a juror who will also give a public presentation, or demonstration to printmaking students. The process of bringing in an outside juror affords the current students the opportunity to have their creative prints reviewed by a professional not part of the classroom experience. This review builds rapport with other art professionals that enhance the classroom experience and the Turner Print Museum program in using the collection to inspire the next generation of printmaking artists. The Turner Print Collection has forty years' of the best of CSU, Chico student prints and three prizes are awarded that will add to that collection: The Marion Epting Prize, The Paul Feldhaus Prize and the Janet Turner Prize. These prizes acknowledge the history of printmaking at CSU, Chico since 1959.

As part of this exhibition is the 8th INK/Clay that put on display ceramic work that often crosses over into printmaking by shared surface detail or texture. Since students often work in both ceramics and printmaking it often seems that the 2D and 3D students also share a common bond in intent, content and the willingness to develop their personal artistic statements.

Associated Files

February 28-April 1, 2011 Ingenuity: Thinking Creatively

View Larger Curator's talk: Thurs. Mar. 3, reception to follow.

This exhibition is part of the Book in Common, "The Boy who Harnessed the Wind [Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope]" by William Kamkwamba and Brian Mealer.

The unlikely setting in the book demonstrates not only hope, but also a creative mind at work with purpose. The creative journey is always powered by a need to express, do, show or complete. Sometimes this act results in a definite object and other times it just leaves traces of the process. This exhibition is not only a journey of the evidence of discovery leading to a concrete form, it will also trace by imagery how invention occurs. The experience of this journey can be life changing as well as personally inspirational.

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January 24 – February 18, 2011 Splash: Large Scale Prints

View Larger This exhibition explores modern screen print technique overlaid with the development of modernist 20th century aesthetic distinguished by the individual artist voice. This selection from the Turner Print Collection also demonstrates the range of technical delivery available with this technique.

The looser, more hand drawn delivery of David Salle is juxtaposed to the broad yet confined color areas seen in Patrick Caulfield's work, the "Jug" series. Aligned with Caulfield are Andy Warhol's "Soup Can" and Robert Motherwell's "Africa 1", iconic images floating in space that Salle fills with the immediacy of a graphic image demonstrating a different spatial construct while flattening the picture plane. Each of these artists is so distinctive so not to be confused and yet they demonstrate how diversity in aesthetics plays a part of modern art in the 20th century.

What Motherwell, Caulfield and Warhol share is asking the viewer to accept the nature and the representative iconography of the common object. How they make that object speak to a dialog that is bigger, or not past common experience? They rely on our joined experience, willingness to accept outside our norms and acknowledgement our part of what will be art history. What we see are artists that use color to not only define space but what they want the viewer to see as image, content and space.

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Fall Semester, 2010

November 8- December 14, 2010 After Ukiyo-e

View LargerThe Japanese woodblock print has been in existence for centuries. Used for mass-producing art as well as creating books in 17th-20th century Japan, it is what links that country's Ukiyo-e master printmakers with their modern counterparts, according to Cynthia Sexton, guest curator for the Turner's upcoming exhibition, "After Ukiyo-e: Modern Japanese Prints".

"All of the artists in this exhibition produced woodblocks, better know as woodcuts, at the beginning of their careers and many continued using woodcuts exclusively," said Sexton, a graduate of CSU, Chico's Department of Art and Art History and current Adjunct Professor of Art History at CSU, Sonoma. "As time passed, the majority of the modern artists began working in other printmaking methods, but they never quit working in wood entirely."

"After Ukiyo-e: Modern Japanese Prints" features works by modern Japanese artists Sigeru Taniguchi, Kojin Toneyama, Shiko Munakata, and Hiroyuki Tajimi, among others, as well as prints by historic Ukiyo-e artists Hiroshige and Hokusai.

The exhibition runs November 8-December 14 with a free curator's talk and reception taking place Thursday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Turner gallery.

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October 5-29, 2010 Impressions: Rubbings Exhibition

View Larger Experience 206BC China, Cambodia and Thailand through one of the earliest forms of printmaking — rubbings.

The Turner Print Museum, located in the Meriam Library on the CSU, Chico campus, is presenting an art exhibition entitled "Impressions: Rubbings," October 5-29.

While historically rubbings have been made from carved bone, jade, brick, tile, ceramics and cast bronze, most of the works that will be displayed at The Turner are from stone tombs and shrines.

A rubbing is a form of printmaking — the reverse of relief printing where the surface is inked and the paper picks up that impression. In a rubbing the paper is placed over a bas-relief, or something with texture, and a crayon or ink is "rubbed" across the surface and records the impression. Rubbings predate press printed images.

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August 23-September 24, 2010 Transcendence: Enlightening Spirit in Prints

View Larger Guest Curators: Rev. James Peck, Pastor Congregational Church of Chico; Religious Studies. Curator's Talk, Thursday, September 9, 5:30 PM. Reception to follow.

This exhibition not only explores a variety of religious iconography, but also delves into the spiritual power revealed in the process of making art itself. The rejuvenating aspect of the artist communicates through the choice of subject, structure, symbol, narrative, form and color. This exhibition looks to see the spirit soar.

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Both Semesters

Ayres Hall

Exhibitions that may reflect university themes as well as the Humanities Center theme of "chance" in the arts. These small exhibitions are curatorial, art analysis and geared toward curriculum as developed by Turner Curatorial Interns.

Meriam Lobby

Exhibitions of the late Dr. Janet Turner's prints and paintings from the Vernon and Marie Fish Collection that will change throughout the academic year.

Turner Museum Hours are Monday through Friday, 11:00AM to 4:00 PM during posted exhibitions and can be open by special arrangements outside those hours by calling the Museum office at 530-898-4476.

More information is also available on the Museum website: theturner.org.