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Adam Turl Curriculum Vitae


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)



Adjunct instructor, University of Nevada - Las Vegas (2017-present)

Adjunct instructor, Lindenwood University (2017)

Art critic, West End Word (2016-2017)

Teaching assistant, Sam Fox School of Art/Washington University in St. Louis (2014-2016)

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

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



Cité International des Artes (Paris) Residency and Scholarship (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)



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

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

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

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



"MFA Thesis Exhibition,” Mildred Lane Kemper Museum of Art, St. Louis, MO (2015)

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



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

"The Hard Times Art Show part II," 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)

"MFA First Year Exhibition (Section 1)," Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO (2015)

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

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



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

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

“Undergraduate Art Show,” Honorable Mention, SIU, Carbondale, IL (2013)

“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)



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”, “Plantation Painting #3”



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 featured 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)

“The Flooding of Cairo, Illinois,” “William James,” and “Robert Prager,” paintings,
Grassroots: Undergraduate Literary and Fine Arts Magazine, SIU (Spring 2013)



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):

HEC-TV,"Exposure 19: Jumbled Time at Gallery 210," (August 24, 2017):

Evie Hemphill, "Gallery 210 opens 2017-18 season with 'Jumbled Time,'" UMSL Daily (August 8, 2017):

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



"After Left-Wing Melancholia: Walking Through a World of Wreckage," review of Enzo Traverso's Left-Wing Melancholia 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

"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” at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 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):

“An Opera for Beggars,” (August, 2015):

“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):

“In Defense of Artistic Autonomy,” (September 30, 2014):

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

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

“Ways of (Not) Seeing,” and (June 3, 2013):

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



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

“Thee Mistakes and Constructing Reality,” interview with artist and musician Jesa Dior Brooks, (August 26. 2016):

“Art (as Social Organism) vs. Gentrification,” interview with censored Chicago artist Amie Sell, (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, (June 1, 2014)

“Knight of the Living Dead,” interview with film scholar Tony Williams on the horror movies of George R. Romeo, (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):



"Evicted Art: Totality and Cognitive Mapping," Historical Materialism Montreal, Montreal, Quebec (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, CUNY, New York, 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).

“Art and Revolution,” lecture presented alongside Craig Ross at the “Didactic Art Show” exhibition, Surplus Gallery, SIU, Carbondale, IL. (2014)

“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:



2016-2018      Co-founder of the Dollar Art House

2016-present   Contributing writer, Expose Magazine

2015-2017      Member, November Network of Studio and Visual Artists

2013-present   Co-editor, and 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 RSO)

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