Pamela Taylor Turner's art began with photography and in the mid-1980's expanded into the realm of the moving image, encompassing video, film, and computer animation. Since 1995 she has taught studio and lecture courses in new media, photography, and animation at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an associate professor in the department of Kinetic Imaging teaching animation and new media with an emphasis on mixing media and exploring the possibilities of expression through the creation of moving images and sound.
Experience of natural forms and spaces inspire much of her personal work, which has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at galleries and film festivals, including the Ajijic Festival Internacional de Cine 2000, Ajijic, Mexico; Nashville Independent Film Festival; Worldfest Houston; and the Mill Valley Film Festival. Her animation "Falling Back to Earth: Tomatillo" (2000) won a Director's Citation at the 21st Annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival, a Gold Award in Experimental Video and Film Animation at Worldfest Houston, Best Animated Narrative Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival, and the CiNY (Cinewomen New York) Award for Outstanding Filmmaking in Animation. Her latest work, "Between Frames", won an award for Experimental Short and Best Editing and has screened at the BAC 39th International Film and Video Festival, in Brooklyn, NY, and Madcat Women's International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA.
She has presented papers at the Society for Animation Studies annual conferences, and in Siggraph's Courses (2002) and Educators' Program (1998). She is the faculty sponsor for the Student Siggraph Chapter at VCU.
Her educational background includes a B.F.A. in Art History/Studio (1984) and a M.F.A. in Visual Communication/Electronic Media(1988).
Courses Taught in Kinetic Imaging (School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University)
Animation I – III; Computer Graphics II and III (3D Modeling and Animation); Advanced 3D Animation; Data Culture: Tracking the Electric Impulse; Abstract Animation: History and Practice; Senior Studio; and various Independent Research and Individual Studies.
Abstracts and Papers Presented
- 2007 “Early Connections Between Film and Emerging Media as Evidenced in The Animated Worlds of Adam Beckett”; Animation Universe - The Society for Animation Studies 2007 Conference, Portland, Oregon. July. (International, juried)
- 2006 “Persistence of Vision: The Value of Invention in Independent Art Animation”; Connectivity: The Tenth Biennial Arts and Technology Symposium at Connecticut College. (Conference Proceedings) pp 201-213 (International, juried)
- 2003 “Content and Meaning in Abstract Animation”; presented in the course “Appreciation and Criticism of the Short Animated Film” organized by Barbara Meier; Siggraph 2003, San Diego, CA. (International, juried)
- 2001 "Falling Back to Earth: A Return to the Garden through 3D Digital Animation”; CADE 2001 (Computers in Art and Design Education); Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland, April. (International, juried)
- 2000 "Falling Back to Earth: The Garden as Inspiration for 3D Computer Animation. " Women and Creativity 3, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. March. (National, juried)
- 1998 "The Language of Cinema and Traditional Animation in the 3D Classroom", Siggraph 98. Orlando. July. (International, juried)
- 1997 "Art and Hi-Tech in Physics Learning." The Ninth International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, with V. Adam Niculescu. Jacksonville. April. (International, juried)
- 2008 "Early Connections Between Film and Emerging Media as Evidenced in The Animated Worlds of Adam Beckett"
- 2003 “Content and Meaning in Abstract Animation”; included in “Appreciation and Criticism of the Short Animated Film” course notes. Siggraph 2003 Full Conference DVD-Rom, San Diego, California; A publication of ACM Siggraph. (International, juried).
- 1998 "The Language of Cinema and Traditional Animation in the 3D Classroom". Siggraph 1998 Conference Abstracts and Applications . Computer Graphics Annual Conference Series, 1998. A publication of ACM Siggraph. (80 - 83) (International, juried)
- 1997 "Art and Hi-Tech in Physics Learning." The Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning, Selected Papers from the 9th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning , edited by Jack A. Chambers. Publication of Florida Community College at Jacksonville, (91 - 98) (International, juried)
“Everyday Ephemera”, presented in “Slightness of Being: Fresh Ideas in Animation Art” session Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), New Orleans, LA, October. (National, juried.) 2008
“Recharge Your Research… What I Did On My Summer Vacation”, Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), Charleston, West Virginia, October. (National, invited) 2007.
- “Teaching Animation: At the Crossroads of Production and Studies”, Society for Animation Studies (SAS), San Antonio, TX, July. (International, invited) 2006.
“Adam K. Beckett; Films and Discussion”, August 26th, 2006; National Gallery of Art, Washington.
“(re)Discovering the Work of Adam Beckett”; October 8, 2006; REDCAT Theater, Los Angeles, CA.
Exhibition of Work / Awards
- “Her Shorts”, Plugged Women's Video Collective's international women's video festival, Tuscon, AZ. May. 2007.
- Madcat Women's International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA. Part of month-long video installation at Artists' Television Access; September, 2005.
- BAC (Brooklyn Art Council) 39 th International Film and Video Festival, Brooklyn, NY; Brooklyn Museum's Cantor Theater; May 21, 2005.
- Best Editing/Short Experimental award, BAC (Brooklyn Art Council) 39th International Film and Video Festival, Brooklyn, NY; 2005.
Falling Back to Earth: Tomatillo
- daVinci Film and Video Festival, Corvallis, OR. Featuring the “Best of the Best” from the first 5 years; July 15-17, 2005.
- Underground Film Revolution's New Year's Edition, Boston, MA; included in 10 shorts provided by Independent Exposure; January 7, 2002.
- Ojai Film Festival; Ojai, CA; November 2-4, 2001.
- Hope and Dreams Film Festival, Hope, NJ; October, 2001.
- Convergence Film/Video/Animation Festival, Providence, RI; September 15, 18 and 20, 2001.
- Riverrun International Film Festival; Brevard, NC; . August 29 - September 3, 2001.
- Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films; Palm Springs, CA; August 11, 2001.
- Long Island International Film Expo; Malverne, NY; July 15, 2001.
- Nashville Independent Film Festival; Nashville, TN; June 8-10, 2001.
- SCIndy, the South Carolina Independent Film Festival – “The Best of Colossal Film Crawl” program; Columbia, S C.; . May 31, 2001.
- Worldfest Houston; Houston, TX; April 26 -29, 2001.
- Durango Film Festival, Durango, CO; March 10-18, 2001.
- The Eighth Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology at The Connecticut College Center for Arts and Technology; New London, CT;. March 1, 2001.
- Microcinema's Independent Exposure, Seattle, WA; January 25, 2001.
- Ajijic Festival Internacional de Cine 2000, Ajijic, Mexico; November 8 - 12, 2000.
- FirstGlance LA, Los Angeles, CA; November 14-16, 2000.
- Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL; "Science/Fiction" exhibition;October 13-November 10, 2000.
- Mill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley, CA; October 7, 2000.
- Colossal Film Crawl, Columbia, SC; September 14, 2000.
- The Brooklyn Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY; . September 8, 2000.
- daVinci Film and Video Festival, Corvallis, OR; . July 15, 2000.
- Director's Citation, 21 st Annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival competition; 2002.
- Best Animation - Riverrun International Film Festival; 2001.
- Gold Award in category of Experimental Video and Film - Animation; Worldfest Houston; 2001.
- Finalist Award, 33rd New York Exposition of Short Film and Video; 2000.
- Sponsor Award from Nutrition Warehouse, The Colossal Film Crawl; 2000.
- Best Animated Narrative Award - The Brooklyn Film Festival; 2000.
- CiNY Award for Outstanding Filmmaking in Animation - presented by Cine WomenNY, The Brooklyn Film Festival; 2000.
- Urban Lightworks, “Illumination” Richmond, VA; Solstice . December 3, 1999.
- Droit de Regard” exhibition, Artspace Gallery; Cyber-Sex Twist to the Song O'Solomon ; digital animation and video installation. Richmond, VA. 1992.
- ”Truth or Dare” exhibition, Images Gallery: We, the Women (selection from “No Brief Candle”) Cincinnati, OH. 1992.
- Key gallery, No Brief Candle , Three-part computer animation/video installation. Richmond, VA. 1991.
Awards, grants, fellowships and other honors
For "Between Frames":
- Best Editing/Short Experimental
award, BAC (Brooklyn Art Council) 39 th International Film and Video
Festival, Brooklyn, NY. 2005.
For "Falling Back to Earth: Tomatillo"
- Director's Citation, 21 st Annual
Black Maria Film and Video Festival competition. 2002.
- Best Animation - Riverrun International
Film Festival. 2001.
- Gold Award in category of Experimental
Video and Film - Animation; Worldfest Houston. 2001.
- Finalist Award, 33rd New York
Exposition of Short Film and Video.
- Sponsor Award from Nutrition
Warehouse, The Colossal Film Crawl. 2000.
- Best Animated Narrative Award
- The Brooklyn Film Festival. 2000.
- CiNY Award for Outstanding Filmmaking
in Animation - presented by Cine WomenNY, The Brooklyn Film Festival .
Grants, fellowships and other honors
- School of the Arts Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award, 2008.
- Center for Teaching Excellence, Small Grants Program, Spring 2007, for training in Max/MSP/Jitter software and integration of program into teaching. (Virginia Commonwealth University).
- School of the Arts Research Reassignment Award – Spring 2007, for writing of artist monograph on animator Adam K. Beckett.
- School of the Arts Faculty Research Leave Award – Spring 2003, for research of animator Adam K. Beckett.
Research in Progress
“The Animation of Adam Beckett” - research project in collaboration with The iotaCenter, Los Angeles, CA. Faculty Research Leave awarded for Spring 2003. Research involves conducting interviews, reviewing archived films, drawings and related artifacts and facilitating preservation effort in cooperation with The Academy Film Archive and The iotaCenter. An influential and talented animator whose work ended with his tragic death in 1979, Adam was a student at the newly formed CalArts and the head of rotoscoping and animation for the first Star Wars feature film.
2008 - Board of Directors, The iotaCenter, Los Angeles, CA.
2005 - ongoing Research Associate. The iotaCenter. Research of work and artists in field of abstract animation and visual music. Current project is on the late Adam Beckett, who was head of animation and rotoscoping on Star Wars (1977). Project includes facilitating preservation of Beckett's films at The Academy Film Archive in Hollywood, CA.
October 2005 Director of digital conversion and DVD authoring for Richard Carlyon's “Red Again ” and "Tilt ”. Video installation included in retrospective of Carlyon's work at The Reynold's Gallery, November 4 – December 23, 2005, The Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA..
2005 Directed and edited DVD of poetry readings for “Pivot Points” an exhibition of paintings and poems by three generations of American artists and writers, organized by Virginia Commonwealth University artists and faculty members Reni Gower and Sally Bowring.
2001–2002 Consultantship, animation. The Justice Project, Washington, D.C. Responsible for all animation related guidelines and information for The Artists' Call for Justice student competition, which involved working directly with the director of the project, Dan Walsh, to clarify how to manage online animation submissions to the competition Student submissions, researching and writing the submission guidelines for animation and consultation on the parameters of the competition as an educator.
2002 Consultantship to Larry Cuba, internationally known computer animation pioneer and computer graphics artist, Santa Cruz, California. Creating 3D digital animations for Mr. Cuba, based on his concept for a 3D zoetrope, which is in production 2002-2003. Animations are used to demonstrate Mr. Cuba's concept to technical shops that will manufacture some of the parts used for the zoetrope.
Back to top