February, 2018

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The Turner News Winter 2018 Edition

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Upcoming Events

Current Exhibition:
Surprise: New Acquisitions
January 22-February 9, 2018

M. C. Escher | Day and Night | woodcut | donated by Stephen Turner

M. C. Escher | Day and Night | woodcut | donated by Stephen Turner

Surprise: New Acquisitions is a chance to become familiar with some of the recent additions to the Turner collection, added through generous donations as well as purchases.

The exhibition was kicked off by a talk with Turner Board Members Susan Champion and Michael Halldorson, who discussed the impact that purchasing new prints will have, and also highlighted some of the significant works featured in Surprise, including prints by M. C. Escher.

As part of this exhibition we are very excited to welcome Crocker Museum curator William Breazeale for a special lecture on "The Core of the Museum: Collections and Community," followed by a closing reception.

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Crocker Art Museum Curator William Breazeale to give talk on February 8

William Breazeale

Please join us for a special talk by William Breazeale, curator of the Crocker Art Museum, February 8, 5:30 p.m. in Zingg Recital Hall, Arts and Humanities Building. Breazeale's talk is on "The Core of the Museum: Collections and Community" and will be followed by a reception at The Turner.

Trained at the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Breazeale is the organizer of many exhibitions, including The Language of the Nude: Four Centuries of Drawing the Human Body, A Pioneering Collection: Master Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum, and the recent Reuniting the Masters: European Drawings from West Coast Collections. With a PhD from the University of Maryland and a dissertation on Italian sketchbooks, he is the author of articles for Master Drawings, including "Old Masters in Old California: The Origins of the Drawings Collection at the Crocker Art Museum," "Nature and a new drawing by Otto Marseus van Schrieck," and "Two Small Heads by Giulio Romano in the collection of the Crocker Art Museum." In addition to coordinating major exhibition catalogues, he has organized exhibitions on Italian paintings and European and American prints for the Crocker, as well as serving as coordinating curator for many loan exhibitions hosted at the Museum, including The Age of Albrecht Dürer: German Drawings from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 2015.

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The Art of Giving and Impacting the Future

Turner members Connie Eccles and Reed Applegate

Turner members Connie Eccles and Reed Applegate

Thanks to her vision, Janet's collection and legacy is instilled at Chico State, and all of us at The Turner know the vital importance and value of continuing to build the collection. Art museums are no longer places for passive observation, but instead they are powerful and relevant spaces that come alive and engage the visitor. The Turner offers many ways for people to become engaged, allowing all to participate in the life of the collection. To that end, the Turner board members and staff have made the development and growth of The Turner Acquisition Endowment fund a top priority.

Thanks to an initial gift by a visionary board member, the endowment was established last year, and now I invite you to engage in the art of giving and help to sustain the Turner for future generations!

A donation to the Turner Acquisition Endowment presents the opportunity to personally impact the collection. As the balance of that fund grows, the annual amount that is distributed will provide greater amounts each year that enable the curator and acquisitions committee to purchase important fine art prints. The current collecting emphasis is on obtaining works by contemporary artists, particularly those that help create a culture of inclusivity both in the types of art works and the artists themselves. Endowments and the collections they support are both focused on considering the long-term future-our hope is that by fostering and supporting diversity-minded acquisitions, we will ensure The Turner's relevancy and value as a cultural resource are in step with shifting attitudes and demographics.

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How to give to a Turner Endowment

There are many endowment opportunities for philanthropic gifts of varying amounts. A minimum gift of $25,000 establishes a named endowment fund for general operating support for The Turner, or one can give any amount to the existing Janet Turner Print Museum Endowment. To discuss an endowment that reflects your personal interest, or that honors a special person, please contact Daria Booth, Development Director, at 530-898-4054 or dbooth3@csuchico.edu.

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John Gruenwald | Unspoken | stone lithography, 2007

John Gruenwald | Unspoken | stone lithography, 2007

Donation from Gruenwald Press, San Francisco

In 2005, artist John Gruenwald started his own press in the South of Market (SoMa) district of San Francisco, opening for contract printing, private instruction, workshops, and classes. This important donation demonstrates the significance of the artisan master printer, the history of small print publishers, and the continued excellence of Bay Area printmaking.

The communal printmaking environment fostered by places like Gruenwald Press is instrumental to the history of printmaking, serving both artists and collectors. When Gruenwald retired in spring 2017, he donated artwork by artists he printed for, as well as his own prints, to the Janet Turner Print Museum.

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