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Erin Turner / / 918.607.8629

Curriculum Vitae:

B. 1985



2017 MFA in Social Practice at Queens College, CUNY

2008 BA Painting, minors in Art History and Spanish, University of Tulsa

2007 Painting Program La Universidad del Museo Social Argentino 

2004 Summer Painting Studio at LLOYTA, Barcelona, through The School of Visual Arts

2003-2004 Pratt Institute


Solo Shows:

2017 ‘we hang like clouds between heaven and earth, between something and nothing, sometimes with shadows, sometimes without’, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Klapper Hall Gallery, Queens College 

2017 Strange Weather, The Radford University Art Museum, Radford, Virginia

2016  LAND, art exhibition at 329 Grand Street, Brooklyn

2012 Water Ballet, art exhibit and art direction for dance, Living Arts of Tulsa

2011 Hair, Dwelling Spaces, Tulsa

2011 The Totem and the Ocean, Bluxome Point Gallery, San Francisco

2010 Hair Show, Lloyd Gallery, Pawhuska

2010 e.turnity, The Eclipse, Tulsa

2009 Photo and Paint, Shades of Brown, Tulsa

2009 New Works by Erin Turner, The Wild Fork, Tulsa

2007 Caballo-Pato Fiebre, Liggett Studios, Tulsa

2005 The Romantic Life of the Common Eel, The Blue Moon, Tulsa

2003 e.turner, The Wild Fork, Tulsa


2/3-Person Shows:

2016 Protecting Our Nature and Our Sacred Land, Images from Oak Flat, Erin Turner, Floor Grootenhuis, Vansler Nosie (Standing Fox), Queens Museum, NYC

2011 Chris Mantel and Erin Turner, Tulsa

2010 Witness I: Tulsa Race Riot on-site Installation, Erin Turner and Carolyn Deuschle, Tulsa

2009 Corazon Sagrado, Erin Turner and Lydia Moore, Day of the Dead Festival at Living Arts of Tulsa

2008 Dactyl Attactyl, Erin Turner and Robert Stuart III, Scissortail Industries, Tulsa

2005 Welcome to the Jungle, Erin Turner, Margo Hoover, Carolyn Deuschle, The Space Gallery, Tulsa


Selected Group Shows:

2020 Ego to Eco, curated by Nadine Braquetti, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY (catalogue)

2019 Ecologias, curated by TIERRA: espacio para habitar, Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá, Colombia (catalogue)

2019 Perspective: Art + Floral, Skylight, Denver 

2018 11th Annual Governors Island Art Fair, New York City

2017 Memories of Future Landscapes, curated by Cheon Pyo Lee, El Museo de los Sures, Brooklyn

2017 Home of Practice, James Gallery at the CUNY Graduate Center, curated by Katherine Carl and Chloe Bass

2017 Gestures & Junctures, Questions & Quotes, curated by Paul D’Agostino, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn (catalogue)

2016 Atlas, Index, Archive, curated by Adriana Pauley, Art Center, Queens College

2016 Dining with Vultures, curated by Sarah Fritchey, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn (catalogue)

2016 Material Archive, curated by Adriana Pauley and The Chimney, Klapper Gallery, Queens College

2015 CODA Paper Art Biennial at the CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands (catalogue)

2010 Crying Woman Installation, New Genre Festival XVII at the Living Arts of Tulsa

2006 Momentum Tulsa, Mathews Building, Tulsa

2006 38th Annual Gussman Awards, Alexander Hogue Gallery, Tulsa and Artists Coalition Gallery, Tulsa Performing Arts Center Gallery, Tulsa (Honorable Mention Award)

2004 Freshman Retrospective, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn (20 freshmen chosen)



2023 Untitled Paper Work, Big Reuse, Brooklyn.

2019 Pico del Colibrí, collaboration with Fundación Montecito in Sogamoso, Colombia. 

2018 Sculptures that Talk, Research and Public Art Project in collaboration with the Apache Stronghold of San Carlos Apache Reservation, currently in progress

2017 The Nature Perception Project, an itinerancy walk at Forest Park, Queens, Uno Nam (co-director), Jeff Kasper (Urban Planning Specialist), Lia Kim Farnsworth (artist), and Gwen Shockey (artist)

2017 CREATE, a fundraiser for AHHA (Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, Hardesty Art Center), a collaboration with The First Ward. A series of installations and performances designed, directed, and curated.

2017 Protecting Our Nature and Our Sacred Land: in conversation with Wendsler Nosie and Apache Stronghold. Floor Grootenhuis, Vansler Nosie, Erin Turner & Social Practice Queens. A conversation at Mierle Laderman Ukeles Peace Table. Queens Museum, NYC

2016 Amphitheater Ecology with Jeff Kasper, Erin Turner, Naomi Paul, and Hilma Krla, a fabric, audio, and walking tour installation, Queen's College Amphitheater, NYC

2015 Nomads, a photography installation in Moab, Utah

2015 Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park Restoration, in partnership with Rogers County Historical Society and Margo Hoover

2014 A Tornado Dance with Cody Ross, Jamie Matson, Kimberly Krebs, and Amy Oelsner, directed by Erin Turner and Jacob Lincoln, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Fernando Pessoa, Southern France Installation Tour

2013 Atelier Sud at Studio Tanguey

2013 Ephemeral Art Festival, part of the Harlem River Festival, Swindler’s Cove Public Art Installation

2013 Dance of the Bee, selected artist for entry-way installation at the Tulsa Children’s Museum

2012 Water Ballet a dance in collaboration with Tulsa Modern Movement (TuMM)

2012 FabLab Symposium, Tulsa

2012 Easter Island Music and Art Festival: Installation build-out

2012 Remains: Dance Installation and Performance. 

2011 New Year’s Eve with Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, The Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa

2011 The Burning of the Worm, Ocean Beach, San Francisco

2011 Environmental Installation Design for Space Bar, Roberta’s Restaurant at the Scope International Gallery Festival, New York City

2011 Unknown State, Costume design for short science fiction film, Tulsa

2011 Cinder Monster, Performance and Installation, The Firehouse, Kansas City

2011 Suchness, Costume design for modern dance piece, Tulsa Modern Movement (TuMM), Tulsa

2011 A Show for the Jungle, Koh Phangan, Thailand

2011 Quetzalcoatl, Koh Phangan, Thailand

2011 Eye of the Storm, Gokarna, India

2011 Poly’s Gone, Traveling Installation, The Grand Canyon, Mohave Desert, Fort Funston

2010 Blue Demon, Permanent Installation at Elote Restaurant and Bar, Tulsa

2010 Space Worm,  Olga Crespo Gallery, Wilmington, North Carolina

2010 Song of the Swimming Sun, Set Designer for Soluna Dance Company, Tulsa Performing Arts Center (catalogue)

2010 Burning Head, Performance and Installation, Yellow House, Tulsa

2010 Space Worm, This Land Press Office, Tulsa

2009 TranscenDANCE, Co-Director & Set Designer, SummerStage Festival, Performing Arts Center, Tulsa (catalogue)


Honors, Awards, Grants:

2023 Recipient of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant through the Oklahoma Historical Society for TOTEM: As Archive & Monument

2022 Recipient of USCAN grant in collaboration with Anthropocene Alliance, Sustaining Way, and New Washington Heights

2021 4heads Residency on Colonels Row, Governors Island NYC

2020 4heads Residency on Colonels Row, Governors Island NYC

2018 Residencia Nómada with TIERRA: espacio para habitar, Bogotá, Colombia

2017 Action Art Grant possible through Social Practice Queens (SPQ), the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and the Vlcek Foundation via the Queens College Foundation

2017 Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Officer’s Citation of Merit for the Ed Galloway Totem Pole Park

2017 Selected for the 2017 Coyote Walk with Dillon de Give and the Walk Exchange, Itinerancy walk from Central Park to Rockefeller State Park Preserve

2016 Jamaica Flux: Workspaces and Windows, essay selected to be included in the printed catalogue; Observing the Anthropocene: Staring back at the Eye in the Sky, by Erin Turner

2016 Action Art Grant possible through Queen’s College, Queen's Museum, and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation

2009 People’s Choice Awards, Tulsa

2006 Honorable Mention for Painting, 38th Annual Gussman Awards, The University of Tulsa


Selected Publications:

2017 Contributing artist, project, and writer for: Art as Social Action: An introduction to the Principles and Practices of Teaching Social Practice Art, by Gregory Sholette, Chloe Bass, and Social Practice Queens

2016 Jamaica Flux: Workspaces and Windows, essay selected to be included in the printed catalogue; Observing the Anthropocene: Staring back at the Eye in the Sky, by Erin Turner


Selected Bibliography:


Selected Professional Experiences:


Visiting Artist at Radford University, workshop collaborations with choral and dance groups on Strange Weather: how we are talking about ‘Climate Change’, September 2017

Visiting Artist at Tulsa Community College, workshops on digital glitching, sun printing, and how we talk about ‘Climate Change’, April 2017

More Art Teaching Artist with ESL immigrant communities on Andrea Mastrovito’s project NYSFERATU (2017)

CASA Department of Cultural Affairs Grant for Art Education (2017)

     Teaching Artist

Wingspan Arts, NYC (2012-2016)

     Teaching Artist

Project Creates, Tulsa (2010-2011).

     Teaching Artist

Living Arts of Tulsa, Art Core Studio Program. Tulsa (2009-2011).

     Program Coordinator

Living Arts of Tulsa, New Arts Camp. Tulsa (2009).

     Sculpture Artist in Residence


Project Manager and Studio Assistant for Martha Rosler (2017-2020)

Production Designer (2010-Present)

    Commercial, Photo, Video, Performance Designer/Director

Restoration of Ed Galloway Totem Pole Park, (2014-Present) 

Artist Assistant for Mariam Ghani on selected photographic manipulations, 2016

Artist Assistant for Anna K.E. on selected projects 2012

Water Ballet, Tulsa (2012)

     Director of dance, music, video, installation, & photography

GS Productions, FLY – The Land Below the Wind, Borneo, Malaysia (2011)

     Production Manager

Roberta’s, NYC (2011)

     Creative design team for pop-up restaurant & Space Bar at Scope NYC 2011

Show & Tell, Tulsa (2010-2011)

     Art Director, Stage Manager, Set & Costume Designer for variety television production

Swimming in the Osage, Grant McClintock. Oklahoma (2009)

     Photography Assistant

Resonance, Center for Women, Inc. Tulsa (2007-2009)

     Art’s Coordinator and Director for programming for at-risk women and children

Tierraviva, Assistant to Fernando “Coco” Bedoya, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2007)

     Artist’s Assistant at maximum security prison, Ezeiza No. 3


Selected Panels and Presentations:

2020 Water as Witness x Water as Protagonist, Carolyn Hall, Simone Johnson, EunWoo Nam, and Erin Turner in conversation with Ashanti Chaplin, Curator of Public Engagement at Dia Arts Foundation, aired on Montez Press Radio 11.20.2020

2019 Cátedra Fulbright “Resiliencia: crisis y reorganización”, TIERRA: espacio para habitar & como enamorarse de un río, Universidad del Tolima, Colombia 

2018 Open Engagement at the Queens Museum, Presentation on Sculptures That Talk, a collaboration with the Apache Stronghold

2018 Are We There Yet? Preservation of Roadside Architecture & Attractions Symposium, National Park Service, Presentation on the Ed Galloway Totem Pole Park, Tulsa City-County Library

2017 Tulsa Community College, Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Erin Turner

2017 Care as Culture: a convening bringing service work, ecofeminist art, and experts on climate change together, committee member who designed and curated this conversation at the Mierle Laderman Ukeles Peace Table, Queens Museum, NYC 

2017 Protecting Our Nature and Our Sacred Land: in conversation with Wendsler Nosie and Apache Stronghold. Floor Grootenhuis, Vansler Nosie, Erin Turner & Social Practice Queens. A conversation at Mierle Laderman Ukeles Peace Table. Queens Museum, NYC

2015 Rogers County Historical Society, Guest Lecturer on Grassroots Preservation at the Ed Galloway Totem Pole Park 

2016 Atlas, Index, Archive, The Art Center, Queens College Library, panelist speaking about contemporary uses of the archive


Last updated Spring 2023

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