patricia turner art

"Post Traumatic Stress Demons" 
2014 34" x 22" soft art ​ $2400“ “Although Post Traumatic Stress Disorder statistics vary widely, the Congressional Research Service estimates that among Iraq and Afghanistan Army war veterans PTSD is as high as 67%.  Statistics relating to military PTSD may vary but all studies agree on this: PTSD, depression, and suicide have increased at alarming rates among our nation’s veterans.  Due to woefully inadequate funding, our Veteran’s Administration has proved itself incapable of addressing these unseen wounds of war. How long… and at what ultimate human cost… will we allow these demons to go untreated?”.

"Art of Armistice", Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA

"Sacred Threads" Juried international exhibit Herndon, VA (just outside DC) July 2017 Catalog "Stitched! Embracing the Quilt As Art" Stuart Courthouse Gallery Juror Rosalie Dace ​January and February 2017 Catalog "The Engaged Object" Foothills Art Center Golden,Co
Catalog available January 2016
"PNQE XXII", Expo Center, Philadelphia, PA September 17 - 20, 2015
Third Place, Fiber Art"
"29th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibition"  
Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers, FL June 5 - June 27, 2015
"DNQF X", Denver Mart, Denver, CO April 30 - May 2, 2015
"Destination Savannah", Trade and Convention Center, Savannah, Georgia
March 26 - 29, 2015"Coming Home" Exhibit, Art Center Sarasota, August, September, & October,  2014 
Goff Gallery, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL December, 2014

Solo, Juried, and Curated Exhibitions 2018 

"Waging Peace!"
Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA) Tallahassee, FL
May 14 - July 8   

Reception Friday, May 18, 6-8 pm 

"FLIGHT"   installation

 “Their exit wounds were the size of oranges”.

The size of oranges.

Emergency room doctors describe their horror and helplessness when addressing the immense damage done to our children by the bullets from an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon, damage that is impossible to treat successfully.  First responders are unable to stem the rivers of blood, doctors are unable to repair the massive tissue and organ disintegration. The shooter does not even have to make the effort to aim, once his target is hit it is a virtual death sentence. An ER physician says “They had no fighting chance at life”.

How does an artist convey her visceral reaction to this horrific imagery? And how does she plead with responsible gun owners to end this nightmare of private ownership of weapons designed for war, to end the death grip of the NRA?

I wish I knew.


"Post Traumatic Stress Demons" has been chosen by Juror Spencer Dormitzer of the Art Institute of Chicago as a finalist in the "Art of Armistice" exhibit in the Target Gallery of the Torpedo Factory on the Potomac River in Alexandria Virginia. The Torpedo Factory receives over 500,000 visitors per year.  This exhibit honoring our nation's veterans runs from October 27 through December 7, 2018. The reception will be held Friday, November 16 from 7-9 pm.

An amazing 1.3 billion people worldwide are active monthly users of Facebook; they spend an average of 18 minutes per use. I have tried to wrap my head around just how that translates into real time. That adds up to 393 million hours per month, or enough time to:

 Assemble, from start to finish, more than 17 million Cadillacs….per month!
Or fly around the earth on a commercial plane nearly 11 million times….per month!
 Or enough hours spent in the college classroom to obtain a Bachelor’s degree for three million students….per month!

Does anyone think we are wasting our precious time?

Solo Exhibit "Take Issue" All Angels By the Sea Gallery

563 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, FL

March 1 - March 29, 2018

3D Wall Hanging Diptych

36 x 42 x 15”Silks are tea-dyed and rusted by the artist using automotive brake pads. Crocheted border.  Guns and oranges are artist dyed and commercial fabrics, heavily beaded.  Mounted on painted toy guns. Piece Statement

"Social Media Suction" has been selected as a finalist by Jurors Alexis Mendoza, Raul Villarreal, and Amy Vigilante in the exhibit "Creativity Takes Courage"

to be held at the Gainesville Fine Arts Association on Main Street in Gainesville, FL.

Exhibit dates are September 25 through November 12 with an awards rception at the GFAA Gallery Friday, September 28 from 6-9 pm.

I am so pleased to receive my copy of this 9 x 11 hardbound book on fiber art and health by Michigan State University and published by University Office of Scholarly Publishing, Indiana Univ Press, 2017. Over 200 pages, a wealth of reference info and beautiful photos. My "Post Traumatic Stress Demons" is featured both at the front end of the book and on page 91. My "Earth's Super Heroes Battle Ebola in Liberia" is both on page 178 and on the inside back flap.  Order at Amazon: