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Aaron R. Turner - Visiting Artist in Photography - School of Art, Art History and Design

Apr 2, 2025

06:00 PM

Visual Arts Building, E125

107 River Street, Iowa City, IA 52246

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Aaron Turner is a photographer and educator currently based in Arkansas. He uses photography as a transformative process to understand the ideas of home and resilience in two main areas of the U.S., the Arkansas and Mississippi deltas. Aaron also uses the 4x5 view camera to create still-life studies on identity, history, blackness as material, and abstraction. Aaron received his MA from Ohio University and an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He was a 2018 Light Work Artists-in-Residence at Syracuse University, 2019 EnFoco Photography Fellow, a 2020 Visual Studies Workshop Project Space Artists-in-Residence, a 2020 Artist 360 Mid-America Arts Alliance Grant Recipient, the 2021 Houston Center for Photography Fellowship Recipient, a 2021 Creators Lab Photo Fund recipient from Google’s Creator Labs & the Aperture Foundation, and 2022 Darryl Chappell Foundation photographer-in-residence at Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Assistant Professor of Art (Photography/Interdisciplinary Practice)

University of Arkansas, School of Art

Director, Center for Art as Lived Experience 

Research Interest: Photography as a Transformative Process to understand place, identity, abstraction and aggregation. Photographers of Color.

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