New Alum Appointed Curatorial Assistant at Meadows Museum

Olivia Turner at the Meadows Museum. Photo courtesy of Olivia Turner.

Olivia Turner, a 2021 MA graduate in art history, has accepted a full-time position as a curatorial assistant with the Meadows Museum in Dallas, Texas. The Meadows is the leading center in the U.S. for exhibition, research and education in the arts and culture of Spain and home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. The collection spans the 10th to the 21st centuries and includes medieval objects, Renaissance and Baroque sculptures, and major paintings by Golden Age and modern masters.

Turner’s area of focus in her art history graduate studies was Early Modern/Spanish Baroque. She also holds a BA (2019) from UA in art history and Spanish language, with a minor in English literature. During her graduate and undergraduate years, she worked as a gallery assistant at UA’s Paul R. Jones Museum, The University of Alabama Gallery and Sella-Granata Art Gallery.

“Much of my undergraduate and graduate research focused on Spanish art, which I was able to explore firsthand during a semester spent in Seville in 2018. Because of the intimate scale of the Meadows staff,” Turner said, “I’ll be able to participate in many different aspects of the museum profession that a curatorial assistant normally wouldn’t, such as curating exhibitions, hosting gallery talks, traveling nationally and internationally, and regularly contributing to the biannual ‘At the Meadows’ newsletter.”

For more information about The University of Alabama’s programs in studio art and art history, visit our Degree Programs page.