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September 9, 2013

HMA to welcome Ray Turner as Walter Gropius Master Artist

The Huntington Museum of Art will welcome painter Ray Turner this fall as a Walter Gropius Master Artist.

An exhibit of Turner's work titled Population will run from Sept. 14 through Nov. 10, 2013, at HMA. Turner will speak about his work during an opening reception for Population, which takes place at 7 p.m. Oct. 18, 2013. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

Turner will facilitate a three-day workshop at HMA titled "Population: Good Man Bad Man" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18-20, 2013. Call (304) 529-2701 for information on workshop fees or to register.

Turner revitalizes the art of portraiture and invites viewers to contemplate identity from an individual and collective standpoint. Population is an expanding series of portraits that celebrates a cross-section of people from across the country – including our own community. Portraits of more than two dozen Huntingtonians are included. Primarily executed with oil paint on 12" x 12" glass, Turner’s textural paintings are fluid, much like notions of identity. His work is interpretive rather than purely representational and emphasizes elements such as color, value and composition.

Ray Turner received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 1985, from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, where he subsequently taught for 13 years as a professor of painting and drawing. In 2009, Population was shown for the first time at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. It began a national tour that year, and has been exhibited at the Long Beach Museum of Art, (CA), Akron Art Museum (OH), Whatcom Museum (WA), Museum of Glass (WA), Alexandria Museum of Art (LA), and Wichita Art Museum (KS). Now at the Huntington Museum of Art (West Virginia), 2013, Population will continue to tour through 2019. Ray Turner lives and works in Pasadena, California.

The exhibit is accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Peter Frank, Mitchell Kahan Ph.D., Susan Warner, Barbara Matilsky, Patricia Leach, and Ray Turner.

Population is generously sponsored by Jeff Markley, The Markley Group, Dottie and Bob King, Thrive Foundation for Youth.

The Walter Gropius Master Artist Series is funded through the generosity of the Estate of Roxanna Y. Booth, who wished to assist in the development of an art education program in accordance with the proposals of Walter Gropius, who designed the Museum’s Gropius Addition, as well as the Gropius Studios. The Museum is indebted to Roxanna Y. Booth’s son, Alex Booth, for his participation in the concept development of the Gropius Master Artists Workshops.

For more information on events at HMA, visit www.hmoa.org or call (304) 529-2701. HMA is fully accessible.

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