Turner Print Museum to Present "Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Animals: Fun, Fantastic, Fierce”

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The Janet Turner Print Museum at CSU, Chico opens its new exhibition, "Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Animals: Fun, Fantastic, Fierce” on March 9 with prints selected from the Turner Print Collection illustrating the variety of works that include animals as subjects. A curator’s talk will be held on Thursday, March 12 in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, PAC 134, with a reception to follow at The Turner Museum, Meriam Library. The exhibit will be open to the public through April 11.

The late Janet Turner was known for her work featuring local birds and their environment. Animals are a popular theme among printmakers and this exhibition presents a sampling of the possibilities exploring this subject and was curated to distinguish and highlight the great variety of interpretations. Local artists who are featured in the exhibit include the late Paul Feldhaus and former Turner students Sue Richardson and Darrel Carpenter.

“This exhibition not only supports a historical view of a particular subject, but also has a cultural context that demonstrates that animal imagery serves a variety of purposes from entertainment to spiritual connection,” said Catherine Sullivan, Curator of The Turner Print Museum.

This exhibition also marks the beginning of the Turner Print Museum’s Jr. Curator Program. Two 6th grade students were selected by Sullivan and had the opportunity to assist in the final exhibition selection and participate in the design layout for the auxiliary Turner space, the cases in Ayres Hall. In addition, under the direction of Graduate Curatorial Intern Sara Smallhouse, they learned formal art analysis for the production of their written text label for a print they selected from the Museum gallery portion of the exhibition.

“Anyone who enjoys and relates to animals will find something they like and maybe something unexpected,” added Sullivan.

The Turner Print Museum is located in Meriam Library on the CSU, Chico campus, adjacent to the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology. Viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday during scheduled exhibitions. Parking is available on nearby Chico streets and also at adjacent Chico State parking lots.

Information about The Turner is available online at their website — www.janetturner.org — and Facebook page — www.facebook.com/TheTurnerPrintMuseum.

Viewings are also available by arrangement with the Museum office at 530-898-4476 or email: csullivan@csuchico.edu.

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Prints shown on this page:
Top Left: Beth Van Hoesen / "Suffolk Sheep" / Color Aquatint
Top Right: Wkerg Aserg / "Kayki" / Serigraph
Bottom Left: Abram Krol / "[Baboon]" / Etching
Bottom Right: Kaoru Kawano / "Owl" / Woodcut

Images © Janet Turner Print Museum, 2015

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Story by Anne Stanley, School of the Arts Publicity Assistant