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Provost's Lecture - Calcium Carbonate Stories: Art, Science & Nature - A Conversation with Elizabeth Turk

In partnership with Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Aquinas College welcomes visiting artist, sculptor and MacArthur Foundation Fellow Elizabeth Turk to campus to share her recent works focused on the integration of art, science and nature.

This event is free and open to the public. Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor public spaces on Aquinas College's campus.

About Elizabeth Turk

Born in Pasadena and raised in Orange County, Elizabeth Turk earned her M.F.A. at the Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

Turk is primarily a sculptor whose work resides in numerous prestigious private and public collections, including The Jewish Museum, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; American University, Washington, D.C. (formerly, the Corcoran Gallery of Art); the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; the Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC; and The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

Turk has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2010), a Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Fellowship (2010), and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2011).

In Turk’s work, the shape of the line is created by extreme loss. That is, the reductive process of carving creates a positive, fragile form in which the absence of the original material is a focus. Turk encourages us to consider how nature has shaped these organic materials long before the artist’s manipulation of them into new forms.

When viewed as components in a complex natural system, their singular beauty and inherent mystery is revealed. Turk compels us to view works of art not only as objects to be coveted and collected, but also as expressions of the natural world and our evolving relation to it.