Tyler Turkle From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Tyler Turkle Born May 29, 1947 Alliance, Ohio, United States Nationality American Field Painting, Sculpture, Film Influenced by Richard Myers Tyler Turkle was born May 29, 1947 in Alliance, Ohio. He received his B.A. in History in 1970 from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio and studied cinematography at Kent State University. From 1975 to 1987, he taught art, photography and filmmaking at Florida State University as a Visiting Lecturer, Assistant Professor and Artist-in-Residence. His films have appeared in national and international film festivals while his paintings and sculptures have been widely exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. Turkle was selected for the 41st and 44th Biennial Exhibitions of Contemporary American Painting at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, as well as exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida; the Fort Worth Museum of Art, Fort Worth, Texas; the Rooseum, Malmo, Sweden; and the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana. Turkle is actively involved in projects both nationally and locally. He is recognized as a volunteer filmmaker for Steven Spielberg's organization, Survivors of the SHOAH/Visual History Foundation and he served as a trustee of the Edward F. Marsicano Literary Trust. From 1995 to 2000, he was the Program Director of the Tallahassee-Leon County Cultural Resources Commission and served as a member of the CRC Board of Directors. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Leon County Schools' Foundation in 1999, Turkle served as a Foundation Board member from 1995 to 1998 and as Chairman of the Board for the 1998-1999 term. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Research in Art at the University of South Florida, Tampa, and he is a member of the Florida Supreme Court “Arts in the Court” Advisory Committee. He also serves as an at-large member of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations and the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science Acquisition and Collections Committee. Turkle is currently Executive Director of Big Bend Habitat for Humanity in Tallahassee, Florida. Turkle is also a filmmaker. While at Kent State, He was exposed to the avant garde/experimental films and filmmakers of the day - Richard Myers, Bruce Connor, Stan Brakhage, Mike and George Cuchar, Jonas Mekas, Gunvor Nelson, Lenny Lipton, Ed Emshwiller, among others. Many of those filmmakers were also producing artwork in other media and Turkle began to make films within the framework of his other art projects. The idea was that films are products of the critical, artistic process just like paintings and sculpture in that they are all projects of an independent and highly personal enterprise. Turkle’s main interest, then and now, is the short documentary film and video, mostly constructed around on-camera interviews. His interest in the moving image corresponds to his interest in the still image as both play back and forth across the fields of painting and sculpture. Over the last thirty-five years, his films and videos have explored subjects as far ranging as kids playing with yo-yo’s to the death of a friend, all of which are based on the working premise of one idea, one artist, working mainly alone and out of the mainstream. Turkle’s films and videos have been shown with his paintings and sculptures in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe including the San Francisco Museum of Art, Herbert F. Johnson Museum - Cornell University, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Many of the films and videos have also been shown in film festivals including the New York Independent Filmmakers Exposition, Bellevue(WA) Film Festival, Athens International Film Festival, Penn State Film Festival, and the Sherwood Oaks(CA) Experimental Film Festival.