Elizabeth Hutton Turner
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1985
University Professor, Modern Art
Beth Turner specializes in early twentieth-century modern art. She joined the faculty of the McIntire Department of Art in 2007 and served as the university's first Vice-Provost for the Arts from 2007-2012. During her tenure she established the university's public art program and served as a founding member of the Alliance for the Arts in the Research University (ar2u). She has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on Alexander Calder and American Modernisms: The Stieglitz Circle, a course held at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. She is currently on leave to serve as Vice President for Collections and Curatorial Affairs at the Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago.
Prior to teaching at UVa, Dr. Turner was Senior Curator at The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. where she directed more than twenty-five projects since 1989. These projects include Men of Rebellion: The Eight and their Associates at The Phillips Collection (author, 1990), Duncan Phillips Collects: Paris between the Wars (author, 1991); Two Lives: Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz (co-author, 1992); Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series (editor, 1993; also includes video and children’s book); and In the American Grain: Dove, Hartley, Marin, O’Keeffe, and Stieglitz (author, 1995). During her tenure at The Phillips she also curated and directed significant large loan exhibitions, including Americans in Paris: Man Ray, Gerald Murphy, Stuart Davis, Alexander Calder (principle author, 1996); Arthur Dove: A Retrospective (co-author, 1997), and Georgia O'Keeffe: The Poetry of Things (author, 1999). She contributed an essay on "Bonnard, Matisse, and the School of Paris" to the definitive text on The Phillips Collection and Duncan Phillips entitled The Eye of Duncan Phillips: A Collection in the Making, and was co- project director and co-curator for the accompanying exhibition Renoir to Rothko: The Eye of Duncan Phillips (1999). Dr. Turner contributed an essay to the Jacob Lawrence catalogue raisonné entitled Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence (2000) and, on the occasion of its publication she curated the nationally touring show of the same title, which opened at The Phillips Collection in 2001. She was the curator and project director and author of Pierre Bonnard: Early and Late (2002), a show co-organized by The Phillips with the Denver Art Museum. Dr. Turner was the project director for Calder/Miró (2004) an exhibition co-organized by the Phillips Collection with the Foundation Beyeler in Basel (Switzerland). She was co-editor and an essayist for the catalogue of Paul Klee and America, a touring exhibition which was organized by the Menil, and installed by Dr. Turner at The Phillips Collection in 2006. Dr. Turner has also contributed to a number of scholarly publications including an essay on the jeune fille americaine for Women in Dada (1998) and an essay on Calder’s Animal Sketching for When We Were Young (2006).
Before joining The Phillips Collection Dr. Turner was a Smithsonian Fellow and later worked for the National Museum of American Art (where she was a scholarly consultant for Perpetual Motif, the 1989 Man Ray Retrospective) and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
She currently serves on the advisory boards for the Calder Foundation and The Center for the Study of Modern Art at The Phillips Collection. She is working on a book on Alexander Calder.
Her complete c.v. can be found here.
McIntire Department of Art