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.

2012-2013 Turner Prize Award

James 'Jimmy' SnidleReed Applegate – a native of Chico and avid collector of Northern California art –has been selected by the Board of Directors of The Janet Turner Print Museum as the 2012-2013 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.

Applegate focused on purchasing from area artists beginning in the 1970's and has collected works by major artists, including Wayne Thiebaud, Roy De Forest,

Nathan Olivera, Robert Arneson, Roland Peterson, Paul Wonner, David Park, and California Society of Six member Maurice Logan. The Reed Applegate Collection currently comprises over 400 works of art and includes paintings,

watercolors, prints, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, and photography. Prints are a prominent part of his collection, which Reed attributes directly to the influence of Janet Turner.

Applegate received his Bachelor of Arts degree from CSU, Chico in the mid sixties, which meant he had John Ayres for Art History, Ken Morrow for Painting, Jack Windsor for Ceramics, and Janet Turner for Printmaking. It was Turner who impressed upon him that prints were equal to paintings, and not the art stepchild, as many at the time believed. “She really taught us how to look at techniques and loved to compare and discuss art with students.” He believes his love of collecting began when Turner would bring famous galleries, such as Ferdinand Roten of Baltimore and the Davidson Gallery of Seattle, to campus to set up displays and sell prints. Applegate can remember, “pawing through bins of prints right along with Janet.” In the seventies, he began to feel that local artists such as Ann Pierce and Sal Casa were equal in talent to many great contemporary artists and began to focus exclusively on art created in Northern California. In the nineties, Applegate began to explore the galleries of the Davis area and rarely misses a gallery opening in the Greater Chico area.

Someone who still believes in a handwritten note, Applegate has special relationships with the artists he supports. For decades he has sent Christmas and birthday cards to many and feels fortunate that collecting art has led to lasting friendships. He has great affection for his community and in the autumn of 2011 announced that he had endowed the Museum of Northern California Art with his extensive collection of art representing the broad range of artistic talent.

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 Enrique Chagoya, entitled “Illegal Alien's Guide to the Concept of Relative Surplus Value." It will be on display at The Turner Print Museum during the exhibit “Space Form Light: Architecture in Print” from October 4-November 1.

Enrique Chagoya is currently Associate Professor of Art at Stanford University, where he received the Dean's Award in the Humanities in 1998. His work is shown widely and is in the collections of The LA County Museum, The National Museum of American Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The New York Public Library among others.

View past Turner Prize Honorees