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Born: Houston, Texas, 1940

1962 B.A., North Texas State University, Denton, TX
1966 M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, 1969-on
University of Houston, Houston, Texas, Guest Instructor, 1973
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Assistant Professor, 1966-68
The Birmingham Art Association, Birmingham, Michigan, 1965-66SELECTED SOLO

2006 Flight, Moody Gallery, Houston, TX
2004 Indigo Variations, Moody Gallery, Houston, TX
2004 The Landscape as a Point of Reference, College of the Mainland Art Gallery, Texas City, TX
2002 Spirit of the Planet, The Art in Embassies Program, Vienna, Austria, organized for the residence of the United States Ambassador to the United Nations
2002 Watercolors, Lew Allen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2002 Forces of Nature, Beeville Art Museum, Beeville, TX
2001 Reserved Light, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, Texas; Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX
2001 Nightscapes and Other Stories, The Jung Center, Houston, TX
2001 Windows of Light, Moody Gallery, Houston, TX
1999 Earth, Fire & Water, Brazosport Art Center, Lake Jackson, TX
1996 Arthur Turner: The Pecos River Series and Antecedents, Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas, TX; curated by Paul Rogers Harris

Selected Group Exibitions:
2005 “Rocky Mountain National Watermedia”, Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado
2005 “The Natural World”, Beeville Art Museum, Beeville, Texas
2004 Glassell Studio School Faculty Exhibition, The Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, Texas
2004 Texas Expanses, Travis Tower Lobby, Houston, TX
2003 Überblick 2003, Malakademie Schloss Goldegg, Goldegg, Austria
2003 Nature Studied: Cycles of Life, The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, Clear Lake, TX
2000 Houston Area Exhibition 2000, Blaffer Art Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX
2000 Watercolor USA, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
1999 Watercolorists, Cloister Gallery, Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, TX
1997 Flora Bella, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX
1997 The Best of Houston’s Print Makers, The Museum of Printing History, Houston, TX

2000 First Award, Clear Lake Arts Alliance Exhibition, Houston, Texas
1992 Travel grant from Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
1973 Selected for Outstanding Educator of America Awards Program
First Award, Corpus Christi Art Foundation Annual Exhibition, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas
1971 First Purchase Award, Beaumont Art Museum, 20th Annual Exhibition
Purchase Prize, 22nd Annual Texas, Watercolor Society Exhibition, San Antonio, TX

Selected Public Collections:
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas; Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont, Texas; East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee; McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas; McAllen International Museum, McAllen, Texas

Selected Bibliography:
Walsh, Brendan, “Brush with art”, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, March 7, 2002: B7.
“Colorful Nature”, Beeville Bee-Picayune, Wednesday, March 6, 2002: Sec. A, 8.
“Watercolor exhibit to open at Art Museum”, Beeville Bee-Picayune, Saturday, March 2, 2002: Sec. A, 2.
Coffman, Barbara, “Arthur Turner... captures the light...”, the Heights Pages, Winter, 2001: 26.
“Reserved Light: Arthur Turner Watercolors”, Houston Lifestyles & Homes, Sept 2001.
Anspon, Catherine, “Art Buzz”, Paper City, August, 2001: 6
“Reserved Light: Arthur Turner Watercolors”, MFA H Today, July/August 2001: 22.
Formet-Heath, Linda, “‘Earth, Fire and Water’ transform into art”, The Facts, Friday, June 4, 1999: 1.
Johnson, Patricia C., “UT faculty show is compelling; Glassell ‘nice’ , Houston Chronicle, September, 1996.
Kutner, Janet, "Mystery cloaks intriguing show", Dallas Morning News, Thursday, October 24, 1991: Section C1,3.

Source: Cranbrook Academy 2006 (

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