Aaron Turner is a photographer, artist, and curator based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Aaron received his M.F.A in Visual Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, an M.A. in Visual Communications from Ohio University, and holds a BA in Journalism & Fine Arts from the University of Memphis.

He uses photography to pursue personal stories of family and resilience, in two main areas of the U.S., the Arkansas and Mississippi Deltas. Aaron also uses the 4x5 view camera to create still life studies on the topics of race, history, blackness as material, and the role of the black artist. His work has been exhibited at Vassar College , the Houston Center for Photography, SUNY Buffalo State, SlowExposures Photo Festival, Click! Photo Festival, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. His awards include participation in the New York Times Portfolio Review, 2018 Light Work Artists-in-Residence , 2019 En Foco Photography Fellowship, 2019 Adolf Fassbender Travel Award from the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) - at the University of Arizona, and 2020 Project Space Residency at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY.


Aaron currently works as a Research Fellow in Photography at the University of Arkansas School of Art where he founded and runs The Center for Photographers of Color, which seeks to promote the advancement of emerging and under-represented artists of color working within photography, digital imaging, and other lens-based media.



Savion Glover, the White House, Kerry James Marshall and the Negro Artist (2016) from Aaron Turner on Vimeo.

Works List:
1. Black Alchemy, 2015
2. Untitled (self), 2015
3. Looking at Drue King, 2018
4. Feel That, 2017 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyfP1nN45XY
5. Savion Glover, the White House, Kerry James Marshall and the Negro Artist, 2016 - https://vimeo.com/277800870

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