RCAA’s Donald Turner celebrates Black History Month with library exhibit

Charcoal drawing of Harriet Tubman by Donald Turner

River City Art Association’s Donald Turner is the February Artist of the Month at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

Each year the Terre Haute artist celebrates Black History Month with his exhibit. On display throughout February are his six portraits of African-American women, past and present, he chose to recognize for their significant contributions to black history and black culture.

Turner’s tribute wall of charcoal drawings includes Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Madam C.J. Walker, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Harriet Tubman featured here.

Don’s artistic skills emerged while attending McClean Junior and Garfield High schools, where he learned the fundamentals of art from Frida Terhorst and Jessie Martin.

After high school he attended Butler University and Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, where he studied with renowned Indiana artist Harry Davis.

Don later studied art with Charles Reddington, Whitney Engeran Jr., Monty Montgomery and Dick Hay at Indiana State University.

After earning several degrees in art education, a master of arts and a master of science degrees, Don studied watercolor painting in spring 2008 with internationally known painter Joseph Fettingis NWS at Turkey Run State Park.

Don is well known in Vigo County for his work in the community. After many years of teaching art in the public schools and at ISU, he retired in 2008 to start his own art business as an illustrator.

Don’s company, Turner Graphique Designs, has created work for several well-known companies in Terre Haute and the surrounding area including Clabber Girl, Williams/Randall Marketing and Communications, and Kiwanis Club of Terre Haute.

Don also is well known in the art community for the drawings and watercolor paintings he has created for area art shows. His many honors and awards include a Best of Show pastel drawing in the library’s Big Read Art Competition in 2017, and a first place pastel drawing in 2016 at RCAA’s eighth annual juried competition.

Turner is a past president and past vice president of RCAA. In addition to the art business, he also is active in the Vigo County Retired Teacher’s Association and Kiwanis Club of Terre Haute.

Contact Turner at Turner Graphique Designs, 2129 Spruce St., Terre Haute, IN 47807; or dtugraf007@aol.com.

About Sheila T Illustrated

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