September, 2016

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Current Exhibition

Visual Metrics—Prints and PoetryAugust 29–October 1

Roberto Matta, Come detta Dentro, etching/aquatint, 1965

Roberto Matta, Come detta Dentro, etching/aquatint, 1965

Celebrating collaboration, Visual Metrics represents a dialog between prints in the Turner collection and CSU, Chico creative writing students. English Professor Jeanne Clark’s advanced creative writing students selected and responded to the prints in the exhibition with original poetry. For students, this was an opportunity to study the literary form of ekphrasis, the vivid description of a work of art. For exhibition viewers, the accompanying poetry demonstrates the moving and narrative power of the visual image.

In addition to the formal exhibition talk by guest curator Clark, the public will be invited to a Walk & Talk poetry reading in the Museum gallery, Thursday, September 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Accepting Entries for the National Print Competition

Currency, 11th Turner National Print Competition and Exhibition

The Janet Turner Print Museum is accepting entries for the 11th National Print Competition and Exhibition now through October 30, 2016. The National Print Competition was started in 1995 as a vehicle to explore trends in contemporary printmaking. Artists can view the prospectus and find entry forms here for entry online, by mail, or in person!

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A New Era for The Turner - Join us!

A new era in art and art education has begun with the opening of the Janet Turner Print Museum in the Arts and Humanities Building at Chico State. The collection has been housed on campus since 1981 in three locations before this final move into a spectacular museum space adjacent to the Jacki Headley University Art Gallery and the MFA Gallery. A very special thank-you is due to all who worked so hard on behalf of and who have been a part of The Turner’s journey.

It is through the exceptionally generous contributions from many donors that ensure The Turner will continue to grow and thrive as a world-renowned print museum and as a vibrant arts resource in the North State. There are many ways that individuals can make a difference at The Turner. You can choose to become a member, support acquisitions of new prints for the collection, sponsor an exhibition, or help support educational programs for children.

For your convenience, any gift to The Turner can be pledged over time or even set up as a recurring credit card gift. One can also choose to designate a gift from their estate, with a simple bequest naming The Turner in a will or trust.

If you’d like to make a gift or learn more about the many ways you can support The Turner, please contact Daria Booth, advancement director, at 530-898-4054 or Thank you!

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Free art classes for kids

Under the direction of art education professor Teresa Cotner and the Art Education Internship Program, The Turner offers free after-school art experiences for elementary through high school students, facilitated by CSU, Chico Art Education. For more information and to register for fall classes, visit our website.

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The Turner Archive and Library

“The Turner’s expanded space in the Arts and Humanities Building goes beyond the museum gallery! The collection storage has been transformed into a working archive—a place of important visual documents—with cataloged, retrievable, preserved, and now more easily accessible and available prints for viewing and study!

This space is also a comprehensive archive of Janet Turner’s prints, paintings, sketches, proofs, steps, photographs, blocks, plates, and other holdings that document her processes and career as an artist.

Next door to the archive is the Turner’s collection library, which includes general art reference books, print periodicals, printmaking reference books, exhibition catalogs, museum publications, conservation information, and other materials available for research. The expanded space provides an opportunity to enhance the Turner’s programs for museum interns and community volunteers.

We welcome groups and individuals to make an appointment during open hours. Call 898-4476 or email the museum at to arrange a visit!

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