Pamela Turner

Associate Professor

MFA, Visual Communications/Electronic Media, VCU
BFA, Art History/Studio, VCU

Emerging Media, Animation

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Pamela Turner is a multi-media artist working in experimental animation. She is an associate professor in the Department of Kinetic Imaging and has taught studio and lecture courses in new media and animation at Virginia Commonwealth University since 1997.  Experience of natural forms and spaces are catalyst for her visual 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. “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 is the director of the Adam K. Beckett project at the iotaCenter in LA and author of Infinite Animation: The Life and Work of Adam Beckett, published in 2019. She has presented his work at the National Gallery of Art, REDCAT, and has directed a comprehensive DVD containing his art and animation. In 2009 she co-hosted a retrospective of Beckett’s life and work at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

The outcome of her research, both visual and investigative, has been presented at venues such as the Society for Animation Studies annual conference, and at numerous Siggraph conferences. Papers include:

“Blurring the Edges: Animation in the Land of Visual Effects”; presented at “Technology Revolution: The Twelfth Biennial Arts and Technology Symposium” at Connecticut College. March, 2010.

“From Pythagoras to Pixels: the Ongoing Trajectory of Visual Music”; Siggraph 2009, New Orleans. Opening lecture for Visual Music series in Computer Animation Festival. August , 2009.

“Innovation in Animation: Exiting the Comfort Zone”, Siggraph 2009, presented in session titled Education: Learning and the Studio; other session members were from Rhythm and Hues, and Dreamworks.

“Early Connections Between Film and Emerging Media as Evidenced in the Animated Worlds of Adam Beckett”, Presented at Animation Universe, The Society for Animation Studies 2007 Conference; Portland, Oregon, June 30 – July 3, 2007. Published Feb. 2008, Animation Studies, Peer-reviewed online journal for animation theory and history. Vol. 2

“Persistence of Vision: The Value of Invention in Independent Art Animation” (PDF) Presented at Connectivity , The 10th Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology at Connecticut College; 3/31/06.

“Content and Meaning in Abstract Animation” (PDF) Siggraph 2003 (Courses)