Elizabeth Hutton Turner

University Professor, Art History


University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VirginiaJune 1979-1985

Major: American Art History, Ph.D. conferred August 1985. 

Comprehensive Exams: American Art History (late 19th century & early 20th century) and European Art History (late 19th century & early 20th century), passed January 1981. 

Smithsonian Internship, National Collection of Fine Arts, Summer 1980. 

Dupont Fellowship, University of Virginia, 1981-1982. 

Smithsonian Fellowship, National Museum of American Art, 1982-1983 (continued 1983-1985). Dissertation "The American Artistic Migration between the Great War and the Great Depression," completed August 1985.

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, September 1973-August 1975

Teaching Fellowship, University of Virginia, 1974-1975. Major: 19th & 20th Century Art History. M.A. conferred August 1975. 

Comprehensive Exams: Italian Renaissance & Modern Art, passed May 1975. 

Master 's Thesis "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon: Its Genesis & Development," completed August 1975.

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, September 1970-June 1973

Major: Art History, B.A. conferred June 1973. 

Senior Thesis "The Early Works of Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky 1900-1917: A Comparative Study of the Steps toward Abstraction," completed June 1973.

Employment History:

January 2013-February 2014 

On leave from UVA serving as Vice President for Collections and Curatorial Affairs, Terra Foundation of American Art.


University Professor, Modern Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

January 2013-January 2015, on leave, currently serving as Vice President of Collections and Curatorial Affairs, Terra Foundation of American Art

2008-January 2013 

Vice Provost for the Arts, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

University Professor in the Art History Department, developed a research program in objects based research.

The Vice Provost for the Arts responsible for oversight of the University's two museums - the University Art Museum and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, facilitated the advancement of art, music and drama in the academic arena, including an integrated plan to make the arts central to University life and establishing new models of excellence.

Engaged in the completion of plans for Arts Grounds focusing on new and improved spaces for all the arts, including a new art museum, a new music building. Develops University wide events centered around the arts and visiting artists. 

August 2000-2008 

Senior Curator, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Primarily responsible for exhibition, and related research and publications and programming pertaining to the permanent collections and special exhibitions of loaned works. Supervised Assistant Curator, Associate Curator and Curatorial Assistant in matters related to exhibitions projects; acts as Department Head in absence of the Chief Curator.

September 1993-August 2000

Curator, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

August 1989-August 1993 

Associate Curator, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

May 1988-August 1989 

Humanities Administrator, Museum Program, Division of General Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities.

October 1985-December 1987 

Curatorial and Research Consultant, Man Ray Retrospective, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

January 1976-June 1981 

Art Historian (part-time), Northern Virginia Community College, Manassas and Annandale, Virginia.

August 1975-June 1978 

Social Studies Teacher, George Macon Middle School, Falls Church City Schools, Falls Church, Virginia.

Selected Projects and Publications:

forthcoming Alexander Calder: A Biography of Objects


forthcoming The Saga of Jacob Lawrence Struggle Series 1954-1956.


2012 Georgia O'Keeffe at Lake George," Palmer Exhibition Catalogue, Penn State


2011 Alexander Calder: The Amazing Continuity" Challenging 1945, Symposium Lecture, Georgia O'Keeffe Research Center.


2009-10 Co-Curator, Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction, Exh. Cat. Whitney Museum, Phillips Collection


2008  Panelist, Calder Exhibition, National Gallery, Rome.


2006  Co-Curator, Paul Klee in America, co-organized by The Phillips Collection and the Menil, Houston, TX, co-author and editor of catalogue. 


2004 Project Director for Calder/Miro: A New Space for the Imagination, co-organized with the Beyeler Foundation, co-author and editor of catalogue, Philip Wilson Publishers, London. Sponsored by NEA and Ford Motor Company.


2002 Project Director for Pierre Bonnard: Early and Late, author of accompanying catalogue, Philip Wilson Publishers, London; Featured Susan Stamberg on NPR, CBS Sunday Morning.


2001 Project Director for Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence, and its five venue national tour, Sponsored by Exxon Mobile and NEA. Essayist and consultant for catalogue raisonne published by University of Washington Press, (2000) Consultant for film, The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence (Produced by Jackson Frost); Advisor for children's book Deba Foxley Leach, I See You I See Myself (2002); Interviewed All things Considered, NPR.


1999 Project Director for Georgia O'Keeffe: The Poetry of Things, and three venue national tour, author catalogue Yale University Press, 1999. Supported by NEA funding, Featured on Susan Stamberg, NPR.


1998 "La jeune fille americaine and the Dadaist Impulse," Women in Dada, MIT Press.


1997  Project Director for The Phillips Collection and Co-Curator for Arthur Dove: A Retrospective., and three-venue tour which was supported by major grants from Refco Group Ltd., the NEA, the Glen Eagles Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Directed and moderated, "Arthur Dove: Life and Legacy," The Phillips Collection, November 18, 1997. The participants were William Jensen, Sue Davidon Lowe, Ann Morgan, John Rehm, and John Yau.; Interviewed by Diane Rehm Show, NPR.


1996 Project Director for Americans in Paris: Man Ray, Gerald Murphy, Stuart Davis, Alexander Calder. It was generously supported by research and planning grants from the Florence Gould Foundation and the NEA. Author exhibition catalogue, Counterpoint Press, 1996.


1995 Project Director for In the American Grain: Dove, Hartley, Marin, O'Keeffe, and Stieglitz, and five-venue national tour which was generously supported by research and implementation grants by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the NEA, author of accompanying catalogue published by Counterpoint Press. Tour renewed 2004-5.


1993 Project Director for Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series (1990-1993), and two year national tour which was generously supported by implementation and planning grants respectively from the NEA and the NEH. Editor and author Catalogue: Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series, Rapahannock Press, nominated for the Alfred Barr Award, College of Art Association. Children's Book: The Great Migration: An American Story, Paintings by Jacob Lawrence selected as the 1994 Elementary Outstanding Merit Carter G. Woodson Book, National Council for the Social Studies. Consultant: Jacob Lawrence and the Making of the Migration Series, videotape, Washington, D.C.: The Phillips Collection/Staniski Media, 1993.


1992 Project Director for Two Lives: Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stiegltiz, A Conversation in Paintings and Photographs, and three venue national tour, essayist for exhibition catalogue, New York: Callaway Editions/HarperCollins, 1992. Directed and gave remarks, "Significant Others: Colloquium on Artist Couples," The Phillips Collection, January 9, 1993. The moderator was Whitney Chadwick, and the participants were Hayden Herrara, Jonathan Katz, and Barbara Buhler Lynes. 


1991  Duncan Phillips Collects: Paris Between the Wars, exhibition catalogue, Washington, DC: The Phillips Collection. Directed and moderated, "Painting in Paris: A Colloquium," The Phillips Collection, November 14, 1991. The participants were Christopher Green, Billy KlŸver, Julie Martin, and Kenneth E. Silver.


1988  American Artists in Paris 1919-1929, Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press.


1988 "Transatlantic" in Perpetual Motif: The Art of Man Ray, New York: Abbeville Press.


1984  "Who Is in the Brothel of Avignon? A Case for Context," Artibus et Historae, no. 9. 


Professional Affiliations/Boards


Member, Program Committee, Center for the Study of Modern Art, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

2003-May 2014 

Panelist, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation


Advisor, The Calder Foundation


Steering Committee and founding member of National Consortium: Alliance for the Arts in the Research University 


Consultant, Calder Museum Project, Philadelphia


Board of Visitors, College of Arts and Sciences, Howard University


Member of Jacob Lawrence Catalogue Raisonne Project, Seattle, Washington


ArtTable, Washington, D.C., Chapter


NEH panelist


Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisory Board for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.