Janet Turner Print Museum

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Your gift will allow The Turner to acquire fine art prints from around the world that demonstrate various printmaking techniques, styles, and time periods. Fostering Janet Turner’s vision of making art accessible to all, new acquisitions are viewed, studied, researched, and enjoyed by students, artists, scholars and the community.

Your support of The Janet Turner Print Museum Acquisition Fund will help the Museum purchase new works of fine art prints to become a part of The Turner's growing collection. 

Fine Art prints range in price from $500 to $5,000, to over $10,000. Your gift of any amount will help The Turner seize the opportunity to purchase quality fine art prints that become available.

About the Janet Turner Print Museum

The Janet Turner Print Museum welcomes you to visit our magnificent permanent home in the newly opened Arts and Humanities Building.

 

Dr. Janet Turner (1914-1988) was a professor of fine art and art education at California State University, Chico (1959-1981) and founded the University’s printmaking program, teaching generations of artists and teachers. As an artist, Janet Turner received numerous honors, and her work is found in the permanent collection of major museums.

Janet Turner collected prints over a span of 40 years in order to introduce students to a wide range of printmaking practices, and generously left her collection to CSU, Chico. Today, the collection of almost 4,000 fine art prints includes artists from more than 40 countries, with works by Dalí, Dürer, Goya, Hockney, Hogarth, Kollwitz, Miró, Picasso, Rembrandt, Renoir, Saar, Tamayo, Turner, and many more.

Turner began collecting prints in the late 1940’s when she expanded her medium, painting in egg tempera and watercolor, to printmaking. She and other women artists created a print club – a venue in which they would meet periodically in one another’s homes to show and talk about their work. Seeing, handling and discussing actual prints representing different approaches to graphic art was both stimulating and educational for Turner. She bought prints from established fine art galleries and from the artists themselves. She also acquired student prints and prints through the International Graphic Art Society, of which she was an early member, and from other professional groups of printmakers and collectors.

Housed since 1981 at California State University, Chico, the collection is a rich resource, free and open to the public. The Janet Turner Print Museum mounts unique exhibitions during each academic year, showcasing both the collection and current trends in printmaking.

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