about shelia

A narrative documentary photographer, educator and curator shelia turner’s approach goes beyond seizing the metaphorical moment and concentrates itself in the value of long-term photography studies. As an arts educator her photographs bridge the worlds of art, academia and activism while providing a platform for the examination of the United States of America life and culture.


In 2008 she received MA in Social Documentation, with a specialty in still photography, from the University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA. She received her B.S. in Photojournalism for University of Florida. [1983]


Her photographs are included in many public and private collections including the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.



selected exhibitions, awards

Note: Prior to 2009 available upon request.


Studio Party 17, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC

 Love Letters, Tapp’s Art Center, Columbia, SC

 I, Too, Am America, Johns Creek Art Center, Johns Creek, GA



Sister’s Song:Awaken, ELEVATE, Gallery 72, Atlanta,GA

photoSLAM!, Gallery 992, Atlanta, GA

Car Part Art, National  Corvette Museum,  Bowling Green, KY

Art AIDS America, Zuckerman Museum, Kennesaw, GA



photoSLAM!, Main Street Gallery, Nashville, TN

Choice, Atlanta Photography Group Gallery, Atlanta, GA



Sistagraphy: Sound, Gesture, Movement, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA

National Black Arts Festival Gala Silent Auction, Intercontinental Buckhead, Atlanta, GA



A Different Eye: Sistagraphy Celebrates 20 years of Photography, Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta,   GA



AIM High Social Documentarian Award, Forever Family, Inc., Atlanta, GA



McColl Center for Visual Art Photography Residency, Charlotte, NC

New Courage, Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte, NC



Shoot’n Southern Women Photographers Past and Present, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL



Undercover: Performing and Transforming Black Female Identities, Spelman, College, Atlanta, GA

MOCA Collects: The Photographic Image, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA





 University of California Santa Cruz, Master’s of Art, Social Documentation  [Photography], Santa Cruz, CA



University of Florida, Bachelor’s of Science, [Photo] Journalism, Minor: Art, Gainesville, FL

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