Biography

Gregor Turk (b. 1960 in New Haven, Connecticut) received his BA from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and his MFA from Boston University. Between degrees, Turk served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. Fascinated by maps since childhood, he is interested in what they tell us about ourselves as individuals and collectively as a culture. Consequently, Turk’s work typically incorporates mapping imagery. His 49th Parallel Project focused on the 1,270 mile section of the U.S./Canadian border which he traveled by foot and bike in 1992. The project was part of the 1996 Cultural Olympiad and included a documentary broadcast on public television and a large body of artwork (produced over a three-year period) that was exhibited internationally. Also in 1996, Turk was the recipient of the “Alternate Visions Grant” funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Warhol Foundation. In addition to numerous exhibitions, he has completed several public art commissions including permanent installations at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta and Jacksonville International Airports and a series of outdoor sculptures at a fire station. Turk’s work is included in collections of the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, the High Museum of Art, and MOCA GA. He has also taught workshops at the High Museum of Art, and served as an instructor at the Atlanta College of Art,  Georgia State University, and SCAD Atlanta.

Individual works in the MOCA GA Permanent Collection:

 

Artist’s Website

http://www.gregorturk.com