Aaron R. Turner (b.1990 | West Memphis, Arkansas )

based in Northwest Arkansas


2016 - Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, M.F.A

2014 - Ohio University, M.A. - Visual Communications 

2012 - The University of Memphis, B.A.


2022 - [Untitled]

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA (forthcoming December)

2022 - Black Alchemy: new paintings & photographs

TONE (Mitchell Gallery), Memphis, TN(forthcoming, November 17th)

2022 - Black Alchemy: if this one thing is true - Redux

Staniar Gallery, W & L Universit,  Lexington, VA (forthcoming September)

2022 - Nothing Even Matters (select images from Black Alchemy Vol. 1, 2, & 3)

"Perspectives Gallery" at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design 

2022 - [as luck would have it], Virginia Tech, College of Architecture & Urban Studies 

2022 - Yesterday Once More,

Walton Arts Center, Joy Pratt Markham Gallery |Fayetteville, AR ( January 15th - April 3rd)

2021 - Black Alchemy: If this one thing is true, curated by Drew Sawyer

Houston Center for Photography | November 19 –January 9, 2021, Houston, TX

2021 - Black Alchemy: Backwards/Forwards

Light Work - Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery | January 19 - March 4, Syracuse, NY 

2019 - Black Alchemy, startUP Art Fair Houston 

Hotel ICON - Houston Texas Oct. 11-13

2017 - Arkansas Delta - October 4 - November 1 

Mercer County Community College James Kerney Campus Gallery | Trenton, NJ



- Spectrum, TONE (Mitchell Gallery), Memphis, TN 

- TIS03, Washington University | Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts (St. Louis, MO)

Subject - Object, Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence University | Canton, NY 

- On the Grid: Ways of Seeing in Print, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College | Poughkeepsie, NY 


- What I know to be true, and other encounters, curated by Annette An-Jen Liu, Photo Access Australia 

- Shaping Identity: A Non-Linear Journey, The Baldwin Photographic Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University 

- Collaborating with the Archive, Filter Photo - Chicago, IL 

- Source Material, Colorado Photographic Arts Center 

- This Is The Day: Reckoning and Rejoice, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 

- The Ongoing Moment: Recent Acquisitions of Photography | Loeb, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College

-Dos Mundos 20/21  (SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Stony Brook )


- Dos Mundos 20/21, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz 

- Photography Now 2020, Center for Photography at Woodstock, 


- A-I-R: New Acquisitions 2019, Hallway Gallery | Light Work Syracuse, NY 

- Photography in Memphis, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art - Memphis, TN

- SUBJECT ≠ OBJECT, En Foco Photography Fellowship Exhibition | Longwood Art Gallery @Hostos - Bronx, NY

- Quiet as Kept: Passing Subjects, Contested Identities, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY


- “In Place Of Self” Czurles-Nelson Gallery at SUNY Buffalo State, curated by Yola Monakhov Stockton (Patrice Helmar, S. Billie Mandle, Jared Thorne, Aaron Turner)


2022 214 Artist Residency | CACHE ( Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange)

2022 Darryl Chappell Artist in Residence at Ogden Museum of Southern Art 

2021 Creator Labs Photo Fund | Google & Aperture Foundation

2021 Juror’s Choice Award (Collaborating with the Archive) | Filter Photo 

2021 The Silver List | Silver Eye Center for Photography, The Black List, and Carnegie Mellon University

2021 HCP Fellowship | Houston Center for Photography 

2020 Artist 360 Grant | Mid-America Arts Alliance

2020 Critical Mass Top 50 | Photolucida 

2020 BASEMENT Art Space Residency (Digital) (Chapel Hill, NC) - September

2020 Emergency Relief Grant | American Academy of Arts and Letters

2020 Visual Studies Workshop, Project Space Residency - Rochester, NY 

2018 Light Work Artist-in-Residence Program - (August ) Syracuse University

2016 Brovero Photography Prize | Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers 





Center for Creative Photography (CCP), University of Arizona 

The Candela Collection

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center - Vassar College 

The MC Hotel - Montclair, NJ 

Telfair Museum of Art/Jepson Center in Savannah, GA

Light Work – Syracuse, NY

Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library 

Looking At Appalachia

Indie Photobook Library





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