b. 1990 West Memphis, AR


Lives and works in Fayetteville, AR


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 - StartUp Art Fair HOUSTON

2017- "Arkansas Delta" - October 4 - November 1 atMercer County Community College James Kerney Campus Gallery | Trenton, NJ


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021

Dos Mundos 20/21

SUNY Fredonia (Jan 19-Feb 28, 2021)

SUNY Binghamton (March-May 2021)

SUNY Stony Brook (July-Oct 2021)


2020  

-Dos Mundos 20/21 - Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz (Aug 26-Dec 13, 2020)

2019 - SPE North East Juried Exhibition - Rhode Island School of Design

2019 - Strange Fire Collective Exhibition at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design - October 

2019 - Slow Exposures Photo Festival 2019 Zebulon, GA - September 
2019 - Photography in Memphis, Brooks Museum Memphis, TN - October 

2019 - 2019 Center Annual Exhibition - Profound Movement - Houston Center for Photography Houston, TX

2019 - En Foco Photography Fellowship Exhibition - Longwood Art Gallery @Hostos - Bronx, NY

2019 - Quiet as Kept: Passing Subjects, Contested Identities - Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College 

2018 - 4 Person Show - Czurles-Nelson Gallery at SUNYBuffalo State curated by Yola Monakhov Stockton | November 5-29th

2018 - 3 Person Show Oct. 13th, Emile Askey, JahiSabater, Aaron Turner, Mom's Gallery

2018 - SPE Northeast Juried Exhibition, TippingPoints juried by Paul Mpagi Sepuya, October 6th at Vassar College’s Palmer Gallery

2018 - (RE 21) curated by Efrem Zelony-Midell, May26th -June 18th, 2018 | Pfzer building is in Bedstuy Brooklyn, NY, 

2017 - JACK Brooklyn Performance Space, Film Screening of"alone, sometimes" w/ HOT HANDS Collective performance of " TheGlass Eye" (revisited April 16th, 2018

2017 - PHOTOT-EMPHASIS - HATCH, MEDICI Gallery at theUniversity of Nebraska–Lincoln (juried exhibition Zora Murff)
2017 - Songs of My People: 25 Years' | Dillard University Dec. 9 - Dec. 24 -PhotoNOLA

2017 - Showing (work x family) project of WorkingAssumptions, curators Trudy Wilner Stack & Gegorey Biddle (Traveling exhibition, print publication, website...)

2017 - Backyard Biennial | Ridgewood (Queens),NYC w/ PatriceHelmer

2017 - Click! Photography Festival - Where We Find Home:Recent Southern Photography Cameron Gallery of the Scrap Exchange | Durham, NC- Sept. 15 - Oct. 14

2017 - Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) - SouthernRoutes
May 12th - August 13th - Virginia Beach, VA - Curated by Heather Hakimzadeh

2017 - Of Memory, Bone & Myth - February 2- 28th, ColonelEugene Myers Gallery of Art University of North Dakota | Grand Forks, ND(Juror: Aline Smithson)

2017 - Songs of My People: 25 Years Later - organized by ImaniCheers, PhD January - Gallery 102, George Washington University | Washington,DC

2016 - Ohio University Black Alumni Reunion Exhibition - TheMulticultural Center Art Gallery |Ohio University Athens, Ohio

2016 - SlowExposures 2016: Southern Icons, A to Z - eWhiskey Bonding Barn | Molena, GA

2016 - "If they Arrive at Sunrise" Rutgers MFA ThesisShowMason Gross Galleries New Brunswick, NJ

2016 - “Hungry Heart” - Rutgers in New York | e InvisibleDog Art Center New York City, NYDigital 2016 - Pop Up Show | Switzerl and Juraplatz Gallery

2015 - Stories and Secrets, PhotoPlace Gallery |Vermont (Jurors: Kirsten Hoving and Emma Powell)

2015 - New Hampshire Institute of Art’s Biennial , New Hampshire Institute of Art,| Manchester, NH

2015 - Waging Life: National Juried Exhibition, Lycoming College Downtown Art Gallery| Williamsport, PA

2015 - Think Tank Gallery | Los Angeles, CA

City Hall | New Brunswick, NJ

2014 - Street's Antenna Gallery |New Orleans, LA



SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019 Today’s Agenda: Images on Teaching and Learning - Light Leaked September 2019 Issue 

2019 Light Work / Re:Collection: Aaron Turner on Gerald Cyrus (September)

2019 - Shade Podcast Interview w/Lou Mensah Ep. 9 | Guest Photographer & Curator of Photographers of Colour Aaron Turner

Episode 9 Guest Aaron Turner Photographer & Curator of Photographers of ColourLou Mensah 

2019 – Nueva Luz, En Foco (forthcoming)

2019 - The Photo Show Podcast Interview w/ Michael Chovan-Dalton- Half Frame Ep. 89 

2019 – Contact Sheet 202: Light Work Annual 2019, Light Work, Syracuse, NY | July 2019

2019 – Arkansas Life Magazine – Reasons to Love Arkansas. One Day. 14 Photographers , April Issue

2019 – Closing Ceremony Issue No. 2, “American Spirit”, Shanghai, China

2018 - Flash Forward Book Collection Publication 

2018 – Essay by Claudio Nolasco, ‘Of Self” Exhibition Catalogue, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 

2018 - Photo-Emphasis - PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: BLACK ALCHEMYFebruary 2018

2017 - Interview w/ Zora J Murff | Musings Blog - StrangeFire Collective - August

2017 - The Photo Show Podcast Interview w/ Michael Chovan-Dalton & Kai McBride - August 2017 2017 - Oxford American FallIssue | photograph from Lake Cormorant, Mississippi - Sept 2017

2017 - Nieman Foundation / Nieman Reports: Images thatOffer Fresh Takes on MinorityCommunities - A selection of work by photographer sseeking to move beyond stereotypical depictions of communities of color - May 2017

2016 - Guest Editor: LENSCRATCH - Photographers of Color -Interview feat. work from theArkansas Delta, A week of curating post feat. The work of other photographers of color w/ Aline Smithson

2016 - Strange Fire Collective: Photographers of Color- Essay: “In These Times” work featured from the series Black Alchemy

2016 - Zine of the Endowed Chair - Kara Walker, TepperChair in Visual Arts, Mason GrossSchool of the Arts, Rutgers University.

2015 - Ron Cowie, African American Photographers To Know:Black image-makers haven’tbeen hiding from me; I haven’t been looking. Medium

2015 - Zine Concept "Slow Photography" by Claire Harbage 

2015 - Jeanett D. Moses, “Gish Collective Launches A Portrait Show Comprised Entirely of Outakes: A new photographic collaboration in the Mississippi ,” American Photo

2015 - Maria Konnikova, “Bringing the Rural Poor Into theDigital Economy:
Dumas, a small town in the heart of the Arkansas Delta—where public computers and open Internet access are hard to come by—is home to an ambitious new program to teach digital literacy skill,” Pacific Standard Magazine

2014 - Jordan P. Hickney, Interview, “It’s Where I Became aPerson”: When photographer Aaron Turner returned home to West Memphis he sought to capture not so much a narrative, but the feelings that he’d felt,” ArkansasLife Magazine

2014 - Shaun H. Kelly, Interview, [ VOL 004; ISS 001 ] “INCONVERSATION WITH AARONTURNER ABOUT HIS PROJECT ISOLATED TRUTHS” StrantMagazine

2014 - Jeff Rich, “DISPATCH FROM PHOTONOLA,” The OxfordAmerican 

2014 - Tammy Mercure, The Blue Library: selected Chapbooktitled “Home”

2014 - Christina A. Samuels, “Born Amid Tumult, Head StartDeeply Rooted in Mississippi,”

Education Week

2014 - Jeff  Rich, Blog Feature, EYES ON THE SOUTH:Aaron Turner, The Oxford American “An Introduction to Arkansas,” The AmericanGuide


VISITING ARTIST LECTURES

2019 - startUp Art Fair Houston, panel w/curator Haely Berkman - Houston, TX - October

2019 - Volkerding Study Center, Center for Creative Photography - University of Arizona - July

2019 - NC State The Department of Art and Design 

2018 – Virginia Tech Nov. 2018, School of Visual Arts (SOVA)

2018 - SUNY Buffalo State Department of Art and Design| Nov.2018

2018 - Geek Fest Photo Conference, A Photo A Day (APAD), NewOrleans, LA - September

2017 Mercer County Community College - James Kerney CampusGallery | Trenton, NJ

2016 Southern Studies Conference | Auburn University atMontgomery College of Arts and Sciences

2015 “Exploring e Delta Voice: from the outside-In and theInside-out ”Greenville Arts Council | Greenville, Mississippi

2014 The ADP Workshop – hosted by Josh Birnbaum Ross Mantle| Ohio University Athens, OH 


COLLECTIONS

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 and Manuscript Library 

Looking At Appalachia

Room 220

Indie Photobook Library 

The Blue Library



AWARDS

2019 - Faculty Research Support Grant | School of Art, University of Arkansas 

2019 - En Foco Photography Fellowship  

2019 - Adolf Fassbender Travel Award from the Center for Creative Photography (CCP)

2018 Flash Forward 2018 TOP 100 - Magenta Foundation

2017 Light Work Artist-in-Residence Program - August 2018 - Syracuse University

2016 Brovero Photography Prize | Mason Gross School of theArts, Rutgers 

2016 Professional Development Grant | Graduate SchoolRutgers University 

2014-16 Graduate Teaching Assistantship | Mason Gross Schoolof the Arts, Rutgers

2012 Saul Brown Press-Scimitar Award For excellence inPhotography | University of Memphis 


EDUCATION

2016 - M.F.A. Visual Arts in Photography, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 

2014 - M.A. Visual Communications with emphasis in Documentary Photography, Ohio University, Athens, OH 

2012 - B.A. Journalism, Fine Arts, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 


TEACHING & RELATED EXPERIENCE

2019 - 2022 Research Fellowship in Photography, School of Art | University of Arkansas

2017 - 2018 Adjunct Professor/ Part Time PhotoFacilities Technician

Division of the Arts - Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA

2016 - 2019 Technical Director - Film &Electronic Arts Department

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 

2014 - 2016 Part-Time Lecturer/TeachingAssistantship/Instructor of Record 

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey



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