Donald Turner RCAA’s February Artist of the Month

River City Art Association features artwork by Donald Turner throughout February in the Artist of the Month gallery space at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Modern-day Blacks who have made outstanding accomplishments are showcased in Turner’s Black History Month display.

Five portrait pieces include Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, Barrack Obama, Mohammad Ali, Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Turner’s sixth work in the display, titled “Baptism in the Wabash,” received a Third Place award in 2017.

Turner attended Butler University and Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, where he studied with renowned Indiana artist Harry Davis. He 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, Turner studied watercolor painting in spring 2008 with internationally known painter Joseph Fettingis NWS at Turkey Run State Park.

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.

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

Turner is well known in the art community for the drawings and paintings he has created for area art shows and juried exhibitions. His many honors and awards include a first place in 2016 for his pastel drawing, “The Legend of Satchmo,” at RCAA’s eighth annual juried exhibition; Best of Show in 2017 for his “Lady Day” entry in the VCPL’s Big Read Art Competition; People’s Choice award in 2019 for his “Iron Mike” graphite drawing of former heavy weight boxing champion Mike Tyson in the VCPL’s Big Read “The Big Smoke” Art Competition.

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Portrait artist featured in RCAA Community Outreach Gallery

A selection of artwork created by Kari Rajkumar will be on display in the River City Art Association Community Outreach Gallery housed in the cafeteria of Regional Hospital at 3901 S. 7th St. in Terre Haute, Indiana.  

The show is scheduled to run from mid-January until mid-April, 2023.  Cafeteria’s hours are: 7 days a week, 6:30a-9:30a; 11a-1:30p; 5-7:30p.  All times listed are EST.  Door 17 is the nearest outside entrance to the cafeteria.

Kari Rajkumar is a primarily self-taught artist living and working in the Wabash Valley.  She works in Graphite, Pastel, Oils, and sometimes a bit of Charcoal or Watercolor just for fun. 

In all her portraits, Kari wishes to highlight qualities of the subject that capture and hold her attention the longest – be it quiet confidence, or integrity, or grace of movement. Always, it is the goodness and uniqueness she sees in these individuals that compels her to memorialize it in her art. She also credits a deep love of nature, color, and history as strong influences.

To learn more about Miss Rajkumar and view more of her work, visit her website at:

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