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.

2011-2012 Turner Prize Award

James 'Jimmy' Snidle Swoon - USA 2008 - 'Switchback Sisters' - Silkscreen Ink and Stain on Archival Paper Full SizeThe Turner Prize Honoree – James (Jimmy) Snidle – an artist, arts broker and arts appraiser – has been selected by the Board of Directors of The Janet Turner Print Museum as this year’s recipient of The Turner Prize for Excellence in the Arts. The prize, awarded each academic year, honors a person or organization whose work helps grow the arts in the North State.

Snidle met Janet Turner while earning his MA in ceramic arts at Chico State in the 1970’s. His work during this time focused on drawing and ceramic arts.  “Janet was fabulous to me – we traded art from my graduate show. Can you imagine that? I was just a graduate student, and she treated me as a colleague,” remembers Snidle fondly. After Janet Turner’s death Snidle was the curator of the commemorative exhibit of Turner’s life work and then served on The Turner Board for many years.

Snidle now lives in the Bay Area and owns and operates James Snidle Fine Arts and Appraisals, www.jamessnidlefinearts.com, with galleries in San Francisco and Chico.  A certified member of the Appraisers Association of America, Snidle brokers regional and nationally known artwork and offers appraising services of finearts and collectables.

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 SWOON entitled “Switchback Sisters.” It will be on display during the exhibit Revisiting Japan, from October 7-29.

New York artist SWOON specializes in stunning life-size wheat paste prints and paper cutouts depicting everyday street scenes. She pastes those pieces in various urban areas around the world. Often found in beautiful states of decay, her wheat-pasted cut outs “collaborate” with the street to create a time-based public artwork. While SWOON gained international fame as a graffiti gorilla she has garnered respect from major institutions such as Brooklyn Museum and MoMA who recently bought a number of her pieces for their private collection.

Watch a video of a retrospective of works of the late printmaker, Janet Turner, and features work by artists Vernon Patrick, David Hoppe and Peggy Jane Garbutt -- all artists featured in Snidle's Chico and San Francisco galleries.

View past Turner Prize Honorees