Turner Prize for Excellence in the Arts

Each year a fine art print is purchased and added to The Turner’s permanent collection in the name of The Turner Prize recipient. This special purchase is made in honor of an individual, business or organization that has made a difference to the vitality of the arts in the North Valley. The honoree's name is a permanent part of the artist label when that print is exhibited.

2013-2014 Turner Prize Award

Marilyn SouzaThe Turner Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Marilyn Souza has been selected as the 2013–2014 recipient of The Turner Prize for Excellence in the Arts. In her honor, “Last Night New Day,” a print by Chris Ofili, has been added to The Turner collection.

Many community members will recognize Souza as “The Vagabond Rose.” She has been a part of the downtown Chico culture since 1990. Her fine art and gift gallery has been host to a wide variety of artists whose media include print, watercolor, photography, sculpture and pottery. Her passion and profession is truly as an arts advocate.  “I view art as a language of sorts—between the artist and the viewer, listener, audience.

Souza served on The Turner Board of Directors from 2000 to 2010.  She thinks of Janet Turner as the “consummate naturalist.” “At the core of Janet’s being,” Souza observed, ”was nature and how it exists. She drew what she saw.“

Souza’s hope for the future of The Turner is that it will continue to educate and promote the original print in all its forms and techniques as created by the skilled hand and creative mind of artists.  The Turner, she said, should celebrate “the personal, one-of-a-kind, fine art print vs. mass-produced reproductions.”

Curator Catherine Sullivan and Marilyn Souza, Turner Prize honoree, admire the new print purchase.

The Turner Prize Print Purchase

Each year a fine art print is purchased and added to The Turner’s permanent collection in the name of The Turner Prize recipient. This year’s purchased print is by the artist Chris Ofili, entitled “Last Night New Day”. It will be on display at The Turner Print Museum during the exhibit “Landscape as Metaphor: From Arcadia to Dystopia from August 26-September 21.

Chris Ofili came to prominence in the early 1990s with richly orchestrated paintings combining rippling dots of paint, drifts of glitter, collaged images and elephant dung - varnished, often studded with map pins and applied to the picture surface as well as supporting the canvas - a combination of physical elevation and symbolic link to the earth. In 1998 he was selected by The Tate gallery as winner of the Turner Prize, an annual prize presented to a British visual artist under the age of 50. Over the past decade Ofili has exhibited in many international institutions. In 2003 he was selected to represent Britain at the 50th Venice Biennale, where he presented his ambitious exhibition Within Reach.

In Ofili's work the rhythmic patterning of painterly and cultural elements - sacred and profane, personal and political, from high and low culture - plays on ideas of beauty while also carrying messages about black culture, history and exoticism. His is a highly seductive art of braided connections that work on many levels, physically and metaphorically. Always displaying linear grace in addition to a surfeit of detail, Ofili's recent works adopt simple, pared-down forms whilst continuing to be just as expansive, dramatic and romantic - full of references to sensuality, sexuality and his ongoing exploration of Biblical themes. Sculpture is an increasingly important element of his work, allowing for further experimentation with form and subject matter. Alongside the recent developments in the artist's material choices, Ofili has remained faithful to a pictorial style that relies on a conscious flattening of the picture plane, carefully layered surfaces, and diverse sources of inspiration.

Born in 1968 and educated at the Royal College of Art, Ofili lives and works in Trinidad. He has enjoyed many major international exhibitions dedicated to his work. In early 2010, Tate Britain presented the most extensive exhibition of his work to date. Other significant solo exhibitions include The Arts Club of Chicago (2010); Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2006); The Studio Museum In Harlem, New York (2005); and Serpentine Gallery, London (1998).

View past Turner Prize Honorees