Adam Turl Curriculum Vitae

Adam Turl 618-713-8132


MFA, Sam Fox School of Art/Washington University, St. Louis, MO (May 2016)

BFA, Southern Illinois University (SIU), Carbondale, IL (May 2014)

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (1999-2000, 1994-1995)

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (1992-1993)

Work Experience

Adjunct instructor, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV (2017-present). Classes taught: Drawing I, Drawing II, Life/Figure Drawing, 2D Design, 3D Design. Area committees: drawing area

Adjunct instructor, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO (2017). Classes taught: Painting I

Art critic, West End Word, St. Louis, MO (2016-2017)

Teaching assistant, Sam Fox School of Art/Washington University, St. Louis, MO (2014-2016). Classes assisted: 2D Design, Drawing 1, Pictures for Communication, Painting: Place and Space

Graphic designer and typesetter for Haymarket Books, Chicago, IL (2000-2009)

Gallery assistant, Beret International Gallery, Chicago, IL (1997-1998)

Grants, Scholarships + Awards

Cité International des Arts (Paris) Residency and Fellowship (2016)

Sam Fox School of Art/Washington University Scholarship (2014-2016)

Sam Fox School of Art/Washington University Travel Grant (2015)

Windgate Charitable Foundation Educational Opportunity Scholarship (2013)

Windgate Charitable Foundation Undergraduate Research Grant (2013)

Solo Exhibitions

The Barista Who Disappeared, Artspace 304, Carbondale, IL (June 2018)

Revolt of the Swivel Chairs, The Cube Gallery, Las Vegas, NV (March 2018)

Kick the Cat, Project 1612, Peoria, IL (October 2015)

13 Baristas, Brett Wesley Gallery, Las Vegas, NV (September/October 2015)

Selected Museum Exhibitions

New Deal Art Now: A Reframing of the Artifacts of Diversity, SIU University Museum, Carbondale, IL (2014)

Selected Group Exhibitions

Exposure 19: Jumbled Time, with Stan Chisholm and Lizzy Martinez, Gallery 210, St. Louis, MO (Fall 2017)

The Hard Times Art Show part II, with Holly McGraw, Craig E. Ross, Anna Maria Tucker, Husni Ashiku, Jason Wonnell, Dollar Art House, St. Louis, MO (October 2016)

The Hard Times Art Show, organized with Craig Ross, Carbondale Community Arts, Carbondale, IL (December 2015)

November, exhibition organized with Kelly Gallagher, Anna Maria Tucker, Craig Ross, Ian Matchett and Danica Radoshevich, St. Louis, MO (Summer 2015)

The Didactic Art Show, with Joe Lane and Craig Ross, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL (2014)

Evicted from Heaven and Earth, with Husni Ashiku and Anna Maria Tucker, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL (2013)

Selected Juried Exhibitions

Rickert Ziebold Trust Award Competition, finalist, Surplus Gallery, SIU, Carbondale, IL (2014)

Critical Forum (C4), Surplus Gallery, SIU, Carbondale, IL. Juror: Terry Shure (2014)

Art Over Easy, Second Place Student Award, Surplus Gallery, SIU, Carbondale, IL. Juror: Buzz Spector (2013)

Critical Forum (C4), Surplus Gallery, SIU, Carbondale, IL. Juror: David Freeman (2013)

Critical Forum (C4), Surplus Gallery, SIU, Carbondale, IL. Juror: Ivy Cooper (2012)

64 Arts, Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL. Juror: Eric Fischl (2012)

Public Art Collections

African American Museum of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, IL: Pyramid Shoot-Out (triptych)

Lincoln Land Community College Writing Center, Springfield, IL: Benito Cereno

Parkview Collection at Indiana Tech Law School, Fort Wayne, IN: Plantation Painting 2 and 3

Artwork + Photographs Published (Print)

Ares Coffee Riot (Red Mars), mixed-media painting, in Marc Léger’s Vanguardia: Socially Engaged Art and Theory, Machester University Press (forthcoming March 1, 2019)

The Barista Who Could See the Future, photograph of painting and installation, cover of Red Wedge Magazine 5 (Spring 2018)

I Heart Communist Space Pirates, painting, cover of December magazine volume 28.2 (Fall/Winter 2017)

Terry Suhre, Exposure 19: Jumbled Time, show catalog, interview/roundtable with Adam Turl, Stan Chisholm and Lizzy Martinez, Gallery 210, University of Missouri - St. Louis (2017)

Radical America and Veiled Prophet paintings, in Expose special edition (December 2014)

The Wind Has Erased the North Star, painting and cover-art for Octavio Quintanilla’s If I Go Missing, Slough Press (February 2014)

“Najjar Abdul-Mussawwir,” publicity photograph, Upscale magazine (December-January 2014)

Press + Media Coverage

Craig Wilson, “Adam Turl presents The Barista Who Disappeared,” Carbondale Nightlife (June 21, 2018), 8.

Leslie Ventura, “A flat dimension comes alive in ‘The Revolt of the Swivel Chairs,’” Las Vegas Weekly (March 23, 2018):

Paul Friswold, “Exposure 19: Jumbled Time,” Riverfront Times (August 26, 2017):

James Diaz, “Interview with Artist Adam Turl,” Anti-Heroin Chic (October 6, 2016):

Liam Otten, “Red Mars and the Fictional Artist,” The Source (June 29, 2016):

Beall, Dickson, “Washington University MFA Artists Embrace Diversity, West End Word (May 18, 2016):

Beall, Dickson, “Adam Turl, MFA 2016” (video interview), St. Louisan (May 17, 2016):

Project 1612, “Post-1612 with Adam Turl” (interview), Post-1612 (May 5, 2016):

Baude, Dawn-Michelle, “Concrete Messages from Fictional Artists” Las Vegas Weekly (September 16, 2015):

Kenway, Jenessa, “13 Baristas Pours It on Hot and Heavy,” Vegas Seven (September 1, 2015) :

Frost, Dylan, “Area artists Turl, Ross, Lane Use Exhibit to Inspire Social Change,” Daily Egyptian (January 27, 2014):

Pickens, Anthony, “Art Reception Expresses Area Social Conflicts,” Daily Egyptian (February 10, 2013):

Testa, Adam, “Three Artists Present ‘Evicted from Heaven and Earth,’” Southern Illinoisan (February 6, 2013):

Selected Writing                  

“No More Art Districts,” (December, 2018):

“The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction,” Red Wedge (print edition) 6 (Fall 2018), 43-69

“After Left-Wing Melancholia: Walking Through a World of Wreckage,” review of Enzo Traverso's Left-Wing
, co-written with Alexander Billet, Red Wedge (print edition) 4 (Fall + Winter 2017), 52-64:

“Aesthetic Leveling: Part One (Riot + Poetry),” Red Wedge (print edition) 3 (Summer 2017), 19-29:

“Welcome to the Last Days,” review of China Miéville’s Last Days of New Paris, (January 30, 2017):

“Soulèvements / Uprisings” review of the exhibition at the Jeu de Paume, (December, 2016):

“The Ghost Ship is Our Triangle Fire” with Alexander Billet, (December, 2016):

“All is Concealed,” review of Kelley Walker’s Direct Drive, West End Word (October 5, 2016):

“The World’s Revenge,” introduction to the 2016 MFA Show Catalog, Kemper Museum, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts (Summer 2016)

“Welcome to Marwencol,” book review, Expose Magazine (June, 2016)

“The Democratic Image,” (April, 2016):

“Against the Weak Avant-Garde,” (April, 2016):

“Beyond Zero Tolerance and Forever Now,” (May 18, 2015):

“The Art Space as Epic Theater,” (April 26, 2015):

“Interrupting Disbelief: Narrative Conceptualism,” (February 8, 2015):

“Entartete Kunst: Degenerate Art and Nazi Germany,” (September 2, 2014):

“A Thousand Lost Worlds: Notes on Gothic Marxism,” (June 24, 2014, reposted in 2015):

 “In Defense of the Real World: Review of Ben Davis’s 9.5 Theses on Art and Class,” International Socialist Review 89 (May, 2013):

Selected Interviews Conducted

“Movies in a Rust Belt River Town,” interview with Consumer Grade Film Collective, (September 15, 2016):

“Art (as Social Organism) vs. Gentrification,” interview with censored Chicago artist Amie Sell, (old site) (September 2, 2014)

“A People’s Art History of the United States,” interview with artist and author Nicolas Lampert on his book,
A People’s Art History of the United States
, (old site) (June 1, 2014)

“Knight of the Living Dead,” interview with film scholar Tony Williams on the horror movies of George R.
Romeo, (old site) (October 29, 2012)

“Remembering Haymarket: May Day and the Fight for Eight Hours,” interview with historian and author James Green, International Socialist Review 53 (May-June 2007):

Selected Lectures/papers Presented

“The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction,” Historical Materialism London, SOAS University of London, London, UK (November, 2018). Audio online:

“Gentrification and the Weak Avant-Garde,” Left Coast Forum, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, CA (August 26, 2018) 

“Evicted Art: Totality and Cognitive Mapping,” Historical Materialism Montreal,  University of Quebec-Montreal, Montreal, QC (May 17, 2018)

“Fascist, Neoliberal and Socialist Aesthetic Leveling,” Historical Materialism London, SOAS University of London, London, UK (November 10, 2017)

“The Democratic Image: Aesthetic Leveling and Differentiated Totality,” Historical Materialism London, SOAS University of London, London, UK (November 12, 2016).

“Against the Weak Avant-Garde,” Historical Materialism Toronto, York University, Toronto, ON (May 15, 2016).

“For Art as Epic Theater,” artist lecture at Brett Wesley Gallery, Las Vegas, NV (October 8, 2015) and Project 1612, Peoria, IL (October 25, 2015). Audio online:

“Neoliberalism and the Importance of the Radical Imagination,” panel discussion at the Left Forum, City University of New York, New York, NY, featuring Adam Turl and Alexander Billet (2015). Audio available online:

“Angel of History,” as part of “The Many Deaths of Art,” panel discussion at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), sponsored by SAIC SG and Platypus Affiliated Society, featuring Benji Gerdes, Ruslana Lichtzier and Adam Turl (2014). Audio available online:

“Ernst Fischer and the Necessity of Art,” presented in June at the Socialism 2013 conference in Chicago (sponsored by the Center for Economic Research and Social Change) (2013).
Audio available online:

Other Positions

2018-present Art and design editor, and Red Wedge Magazine

2016-2018       Co-founder of Dollar Art House (St. Louis, MO)

2016-present   Contributing writer, Expose Magazine

2016-2018 Co-chief-editor, and Red Wedge Magazine

2013-present   Editorial collective, Red Wedge Magazine

2013                Juror, Big Muddy Film Festival “John Michaels Award” for social justice in film

2012-2013       President, League of Art and Design Students (SIU Registered Studient Organization)