Olivia Turner

Olivia Turner

Graduate Teaching Assistant


Olivia Turner is a graduate student in art history, concentrating in Early Modern art (Spanish Baroque). As a graduate assistant, Turner assists in these courses: Introduction to Fine Arts, Northern Baroque art and Fine Arts 200, New College. Turner has worked as a gallery assistant at the Paul R. Jones Museum and the UA Gallery since 2018 and previously at the Sella-Granata Art Gallery. During the exhibition, Celebrate! Investigate! Create! A Collaboration between Arcadia Elementary School and the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art, she worked with schoolchildren to create art inspired by works in the Paul R. Jones Collection, then assisted Jones Collection curator Emily Bibb in putting together an exhibition pairing the students’ works with the Jones Collection inspirations. Turner has also worked as a facilitating instructor for Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority’s (PARA) Active Classroom, set up to supplement the regular school day for children in grades K-8 during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an applicant to the Kimbell Art Museum internship program for the summer of 2020 – canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic – she was invited to participate in a series of roundtable discussions with noted curators and education directors from the museum.

Turner is a recipient of the Joseph S. and Carolyn Bolt Endowed Scholarship in Art History (2019) and was a semi-finalist for an Alternate Fulbright English Teaching Award in 2019-20. She received her BA in art history and Spanish, with a minor in English literature. She also studied for a semester abroad at La Universidad de Seville, Spain, in 2018. Turner is professionally proficient in Spanish.

Conference Presentations, Recent and Forthcoming

Nov. 30-Dec. 11, 2020 SECAC 2020, hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University
“El Greco’s ‘Allegory of the Holy League’ and the Tradition of Prophetic Imagery in the Culture of Early Modern Spain,” presentation at virtual conference

April 3, 2020 Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History, hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham
“‘To love things and eat them alive’: An Exploration of Picasso’s Spanish Identity Through his Food and Kitchen Paintings,” accepted to present; cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Oct. 5, 2019 Strode Graduate Student Conference, The University of Alabama
“The Holy Family with the Little Bird” a discussion of Murillo’s revolutionary re-imagining of the religious genre scene

March 1, 2019 Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History, hosted by UA
Carrie Mae Weems’ “Untitled (Kitchen Table Series),” poster presentation