About Nancy Kay Turner

Nancy Kay Turner is a visual artist, art critic, and founder of the art collective Hana Kark. Bronx born, she fled New York for the sun and fun of California and has never looked back.  A graduate of Queens College, the University of California at Berkeley, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, she studied painting with Elmer Bischoff, Peter Saul and R.B. KItaj.

Turner has written critical reviews for ARTWEEK, ARTSCENE, Visions Magazine, Coagula Curatorial, Riot Material, Art and Cake, and Cultural Weekly. Her mixed-media work has been in local, national, international and traveling exhibits. Turner’s art is in private, public and corporate collections, including Warner Brothers Studios, ABC Studio and Chiat/Day Advertising Agency: and are seen in movies and television shows among them –Mom, Barry, Jane The Virgin, Transparent, How To Get Away With Murder, Lucifer and Hanging Up. ARTPIC gallery represents Turner.

Turner’s work is in Collage Care: Transforming Emotions and Life Experiences With Collage, We Are Home: Community Quilt Project, Art Doesn’t Have To Match  Your Sofa, Volume #3, She Votes, Studio Visit, Volume 47,The Power of Feminist Art, Crossing The Borders: Feminism and the Art of Social Concern, Cultural Deconstructions: Critical Issues in Collage, Life Drawing: A Sketchbook and Textbook, A Community Of Angels. Her essays are in the “Perceive Me” Catalog and her review Southern Discomfort: The Photographs of Sally Mann is in the first print issue of Riot Material.  A transcription of her artist lecture at The Oceanside Museum of Art, on the artist Roland Reiss is archived at The Smithsonian Museum. Turner lives in Pasadena with her husband Hoyt Hilsman and maintains a studio in DTLA and in Pasadena.


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2024     Sigma, Nancy Kay Turner/Michael Falzone, Rosewell Space, Los Angeles, CA 

2023     Incantation, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

              Contemplating Boundaries, Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

              Where Earth Becomes Aether, Wonzimer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

              UCLA Hillel Art Gallery, Jewish Artists Capturing Sense of Community, Los Angeles, CA

2022     CHAI, USC Hillel Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

              Melissa Morgan Gallery, KIPAIPAI Group Show, Palm Desert, CA

              Archeology of The Soul, Shelley Heffler Contemporary, Cathedral City, CA (solo)

              Still Water, Nancy Kay Turner/Toti O’Brien, Roswell Space, Los Angeles, CA 

              Memory of Tomorrow’s Sunrise, Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery, Cal State LA, Los Angeles, CA 

              A Practical Guide to Parlour Games & Magic, curators Jason Jenn and Vojislav Radovanovic, The Loft at Liz, Los Angeles, CA 

2021      The Scribes Artist Books, Roswell space, Los Angeles, CA

              Black and White, curator Shan Nys Dabrot Site: Brooklyn Gallery, NY

              Perceive Me, Traveling Exhibit, Coastline Community College Art Gallery, Newport Beach, CA; Exhibition Color Catalog p.30-33, p.62-63

              Beginnings With No Endings: Hope and Optimism, Curator Molly Schulmman

2020     Museum Of Art And History (MOAH: Cedar), Lancaster,  CA

              Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

              Archeology of The Soul Yavaipai College Prescott Gallery, Prescott, AZ (solo)

              Chroma 2.0, Bunny Gunnar Gallery, Claremont, CA

2019     Let Me Eat Cake Two, Blue /roof Studios, Los Angeles              

             Water, Air, Earth, Fire, Dual Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

             Lemiuex Gallery, Hana Kark, New Orleans, LA

             Collapse Gallery, Hana Kark, Washington, D.C.

             Collaboratory, Hana Kark, Glendale College, Glendale, CA

2018    Let Me Eat Cake, POST gallery, Bendix Building, Los Angeles, CA

             Route, Rut, Lane: A Karkhana Colloboration, Shoebox Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2014    Black and White, SCA Project Gallery, Pomona, CA

2013     AP Invitational, Utah State University, Salt Lake City, UT

2011      Library Thoughts, Raday Konyveshaz Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

             Getting It Together, Platt/Borstein Gallery, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA

2010     Your Documents Please, Traveling Exhibit, The Museum of Arts and Crafts-Itami, Itami-Shi, Japan; Zaim/Galerie Paris, Yokohama, Japan; 2B Galeria, Budapest,              Hungary; Galerie Kurt im Hirsch, Berlin, Germany; Galeriaz, Bratislava, Slovakia; Galeria Ajolote Arte Contemporaneo, Guadalajara, Mexico              –http://yourdocumentsplease.com/pages/catalog/turner.html curator Daniel Georges/Rumiko Tsuda

2009     Beyond Toys International, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA             

              Show & Tell: The Art of Language, with Lita Albuquerque, Alison Saar, Peter Shire, John Outterbirdge, Zimmer Children’s Museum, Los Angeles, CA; color                       catalogue

              Insight/Inside LA Art, Jose Drudis-Biada Art Gallery, Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA; exh color cat.; curator Jody Baral

2008     Conventions and Attitudes, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA; Curator Karen Atkinson

               Paper Trail Redux, SCA Project Gallery, Pomona, CA

2007     Pillow Talk, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, curator Maryl Lynn McCorkle, Santa Monica, CA

               Rubbing Her the Wrong Way, SCA Project Gallery, Pomona, CA

               Nancy Turner and Aaron White, ArtPic Gallery, North Hollywood, CA

               After the F Word: Art After Feminism, I-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2003     Spiritual Surface, Absolute Art Gallery, San Marino, CA. (2 person)

              Yom Hashoah, Bornstein Gallery, University of Judaism, Los Angeles, CA (3 person)

              Mentors , Glendale Community College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA

              Dark Decade, Transport Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (Solo)

              Group Exhibit, Drudis-Biada Art Gallery, Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA

2002     Devil’s Arithmetic, El Portal Theater, North Hollywood, CA

              Burnt Offerings , Wild Oats Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1999      Out of the Ashes, Hannon Theater, Los Angeles, CA

1997      Into the Light, Glendale Community College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA 

              Devil’s Arithmetic, Garland Theater, Pasadena, CA

1992      Group Show, Downey Museum of Art, Downey CA

              Group Show, Brand Art Library, Glendale, CA

              Through the Looking Glass , The Woman’s Building, Los Angeles, CA

1988     Retroactive, Grant Art Gallery, North Hollywood, CA

              Works on Paper, Glendale Community College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA

              conTEXT, Robert Berman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

              Small Works, The Grant Art Gallery, Grant High School, Van Nuys, CA

              A Woman’s View, Glendale Community College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA

1987     Aela ‘87, Harbor Community College, Los Angeles, CA

             Pool Anxiety, Glendale Community College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA

1986     Faculty Exhibition, Glendale Community College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA 

             Mentors, Brand Art Library, Glendale, CA

1985     Summer Faculty Exhibition, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

              AE/LA Direction ‘85, Helen Lindquist Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

1984     California Bookwork’s: The Last Five Years, Otis/Parsons Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA

1983     At Home, Long Beach Museum, curator Arlene Raven, Long Beach, CA

1981     First Annual Invitational Exhibition, Conejo Valley Art Museum, Canoga Park, CA

1980    On and Off Broadway, L.A.C.E. Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

             Illusions and Delusions of L.A., Traction Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

             Artist Books and Drawings, E.C. Windward Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

             Women/Women/Works, Women’s Building, Los Angeles, CA

1979     Southern California Dream and Diary Pieces, Spectrum Gallery, San Diego, CA

1977     Private Parts, Escondido Regional Arts Gallery, Escondido, CA (solo)



2023     360 Xochi Quetzal Residency, Lake Chapala, MX

2021     Kipaipai Workshop

2019     Artist Residency/Hana Kark Art Collective, Glendale College, CA

2015     Emandal Residency, Mendocino, CA

1966     The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine


ARTPIC Gallery, North Hollywood, CA


Published over 200 art reviews in print and online publications, including riotmaterial.com, artandcakela.com, Artscene, Artweek, Visions Magazine, Coagula Art Journal Publications


“Echoes of Yesterday” An Art Book by Photo Trouvée Magazine. Naufel Juliana and Boyer Twiggy.

Kanyer, Laurie, MA, “College Care: Transforming Emotions and Life Experiences with Collage

Kanyer Publishing, 2021, p.89

Heffler, Shelley, “We Are Home,” Community Quilt Project, 2021, p.101

Schaub, Kelly, “Art Doesn’t Have To Match Your Sofa, Volume 3: From Sea To Shining Sea.”

December 20, 2020

Smith, Bonnie J., “She Votes, 100th Anniversary of the 19th amendment” SCWCA, 2020, p. 125

Zevitas, Steven T., “Studio Visit Volume 47”, 2020, p. 181

Lazzari, Margaret, Schlesier, Dona, Life Drawing: A Sketch and Textbook, 2019, p. 151

Turner, Nancy Kay, “Southern Discomforts: The Photographs of Sally Mann, Riot material 2019

Turner, Nancy Kay, “Fat Stuff; Confessions of an Overeater,” P. 30-33, 2019

Schomaker, Kristine, “Perceive Me”, p. 62, 2019

Kadour, Ric Kasini, Critical Issues in Collage: Cultural Deconstructions, P. 30-32, 2019

Raphael, Victor, “Show & Tell: the art of language,” an international exhibit, p. 140-1, 2009

Turner, Nancy Kay, “Universe Of: Nancy Kay Turner,” Interview for THE Magazine,

Los Angeles, December 2008

Brown, Betty Ann, “Nancy Kay Turner: Maps of Memory and Grids of Time,”

Coagula An Art Journal #86, June 2007, p. 26

Tenden, Marnie, “A Community of Angels, Los Angeles,” 2001, p. 138

Broude, Norma and Garrard, Mary D., “The Power of Feminist Art,”

Henry N. Abrams 1994, p. 63-64

Jones, Amalia, “War on Words,” LA Weekly, July,1987, p.57

Raven, Arlene, “Crossing the Borders: Feminism and the Art of Social Concern,” 1983, p.88

Raven, Arlene, “At Home” Catalogue, 1983, p.5

Crane, Trish, “The Artists’ Picture Book,” Valley News, August 1, 1980

Davis, Bruce, “Artists’ Books for Looking,” ARTWEEK, August 2, 1990

Jennings, Jan, “Art Arena,” San Diego Union, April 10, 1980

Wasserman, Isabelle, “Currents,” San Diego Union, July 8, 1980


2018     Route, Rut, Lane: A Karkhana Collaboration, Shoebox Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005     Juror, Faculty Grants Committee, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

1990     Director, Glendale Community College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA


2019     Oceanside Museum of Art, on Roland Reiss, July 13, 2019

              (Transcription) archived at The Smithsonian

2008    Columbia College of Chicago: Art + Design, “The Artist as Teacher,” Chicago

2007     Intentional Conversation for Artists (panelist), “Beautiful Dreams/Terrible Beauty: Creating Art From Our Lives in the 21st Century,” Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral,                  Los Angeles, CA

              Columbia Scholastic Press Convention (presenter) New York, NY

2005     National Critics Conference (dance, theater, art, music, film), Los Angeles, CA  

              Intentional Conversation for Artists (organizer), Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral, Los Angeles,

2005    Juror, Faculty Grants Committee, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

1987     Panelist, “Incorporation of Text in Art,” Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica,

             Chair, “Artist as Teacher,” California Association of Independent Schools,

1985     Panelist, “On Creativity in Art Education,” CAIS, University of Southern California, Los Angeles


2018-       Southern California Women’s Caucus of the Arts, NWCA

1990-95   The Arroyo Arts Collective, Pasadena,

1988-95   The Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Los Angeles Chapter, CA

1988-89   The Gallery Committee, The Woman’s Building, Los Angeles, CA

1987-88   Board of Directors, The Woman’s Building, Los Angeles, CA

1985-88   California Association of Art Educators (CAEA) Los Angeles, CA

1984-87   Executive Board, Art Educators of Los Angeles (AELA), Los Angeles, CA

1990-91   AICA, The American section of The Association for International Art Critics


             Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture – residency scholarship, Skowhegan, ME

             B.A., Queens College, City University of New York, NY

             M.A., University of California, Berkeley, CA

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