Watercolor Society of Alabama

Promoting and Supporting Watermedia Since 1939

Bonese Collins Turner

EDUCATION: California State University, Northridge: M.A. University of Idaho: M. Ed, B.S. (Ed) Summa Cum Laude
EXPERIENCE: Art Instructor, Moorpark College, Moorpark, CA Art Instructor, L.A. Pierce College, Woodland Hills, CA Art Instructor, California State University, Northridge, CA
Bonese Collins Turner is an artist who deals with painting, drawing and printmaking primarily. Her work has been exhibited in the White House, the Smithsonian Institute, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Rocky Mountain National, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA, Watercolor West, the San Diego Watercolor Society, the 1984 Olympics Art Festival and numerous other exhibitions. She has had 20 one-man exhibits. Her works hang in the permanent collections of the Brand Library Permanent Collection, Smithsonian Institute, Home Savings & Loan Association, Oregon Council for the Arts, Newport, Oregon, Nebraska Public Libraries Permanent Collection, San Bernardino Sun Telegram Newspapers and the Hartung Performing Arts Center, Moscow, Idaho, the Robert V. Fulton Museum of Art, California State University. San Bernardino among others. She won numerous awards including those from the Butler Institute of American Art, Watercolor USA, National Watercolor Society, San Diego Watercolor Society, National Orange Show, Long Beach National, National Acrylic Painters Association, Brand National, and the California State Fair. She has served as a juror of numerous national exhibitions such as the National Watercolor Society: 1991, 1980, the Brand National Exhibition: 1996, 1980 and the San Diego Art Institute. She is featured in Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in American Women, Who’s Who in the World and the California Art Review, The Best of Drawing and Sketching as well as Psychological Perspectives, the Autumn ’99 Watercolor Magic magazine and in interviews for Asahi and American cable television. She currently serves on the advisory board to the College of Art and Architecture, University of Idaho and to Collegiate Press of San Diego, CA She was elected president of the National Watercolor Society for 1989-90 and was awarded life membership in 1990.
These works are part of a long-time, ongoing series that is somewhat autobiographical and that addresses personal and universal concerns with our world and its environment. Native American objects, symbols and hand signs are often incorporated in the imagery to honor and emphasize these beliefs as well. This series in particular deals with the transitory and the enduring, the specific and the universal, things of the actual world and of the spirit. Memories, tributes and memorials contribute to the content and inspire me. As always progress and
science introduce new issues for us all to consider pragmatically, morally and spiritually. This series too is a tribute to my father, my mother and grandparents who had similar problems to solve. May we have wisdom.



Email to:   boneseturner@yahoo.com