Michelle Turner works as the Department of Art & Design's Office Coordinator and expanded her role in 2019 by becoming an Adjunct Instructor. Turner is a generalist art historian but has worked to broaden UNW's Art History offerings by developing new Topics courses like "African Art" and "Women in Art."
Turner holds a Masters in Art History and Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of St. Thomas. During her time at St. Thomas, Turner wrote her qualifying paper under Dr. Heather Shirey, focused on modern art, and was able to interview two international artists. She co-moderated a panel discussion with Chinese contemporary artist Liu Dan in 2016 and in 2019 received a research grant to visit British contemporary artist Sonia Boyce in London. Her current research continues to center around Boyce.
Before transitioning to teaching, Turner worked for three years at Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis. Prior to Groveland, Turner volunteered and interned at a number of Twin Cities art institutions, including but not limited to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul.
Turner has also served as an Adjunct Instructor in Art History at the University of St. Thomas and Bethlehem College & Seminary.
- B.A., Bethel University (Business)
- M.A., University of St. Thomas (Art History)