ELISA TURNER MIAMI ART WRITER
Elisa Turner is a member of the International Association of Art Critics, U.S. Section, and ArtTable, a national organization for women in visual arts professions. Her writing has appeared in ARTnews, Art+Auction, Art Circuits, Arte Al Dia, Biscayne Times, Delicious Line, Hamptons Art Hub, Inspicio, Miami Herald, Miami Rail and other publications. She has guest-lectured at the University of Miami and New World School of the Arts and for ten years taught writing at Miami Dade College. Drawing on her experience and research in Miami Herald archives, she wrote the foreword tracing the history of the Miami art scene from early 1980s to 2006 for the book Miami Contemporary Artists by Julie Davidow and Paul Clemence. Her career at The Miami Herald spanned 21 years. From 1995 to 2007, she was primary art critic for The Miami Herald, with international assignments to Havana Biennial, Haiti, Venice Biennial and Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland. As Miami correspondent for ARTnews magazine, she has written extensively about Miami’s art community. As co-founder of ART Tuesdays/MIAMI, an all volunteer community-based arts forum, she helped facilitate close to 60 panel discussions on timely and provocative topics. The Florida Chapter of ArtTable awarded her its 2019 Leadership Award. Other honors include President’s Volunteer Service Award from Miami Dade College and Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine State Award.
Elisa Turner is an award-winning art critic and journalist. In 2021 and 2020 she was awarded First Place for her Arts Commentary & Criticism and in 2021 Second Place for her Arts Beat reporting from Florida’s Sunshine State Society of Professional Journalists. In 2020 she was one of nine visual art journalists nationwide to receive the annual $50,000 Rabkin Prize. In 2019 she received the Leadership Award of the Florida Chapter of ArtTable. Other awards include President’s Volunteer Service Award from Miami Dade College in 2012. Her background reflects wide-ranging experience in teaching, editing, writing, and public speaking. Having written about visual arts for the Knight Ridder-owned Miami Herald for 21 years, she takes great pride in her tenure as the newspaper’s primary art critic from 1995 to 2007, when she received international assignments to cover artists in Cuba and Haiti, as well as to cover the Venice Biennial and Art Basel in Switzerland. From 2009 to 2019 she taught writing and remedial grammar at Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus. Her professional and volunteer work for Miami’s art community is an ongoing, intellectually lively passion. Since the 1980s through 2020 she was Miami correspondent for New York-based, award-winning magazine ARTnews. From June 2019 to October 2020 she wrote a monthly column on the visual arts for Biscayne Times. Her writing appears in various publications, including Artburstmiami, Burnaway, Delicious Line, Hamptons Art Hub, Inspicio and Hyperallergic.
Curatorial Advisory Board Member Curatorial Advisory Board Member Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design
Founding Program Planning Committee Member Founding Program Planning Committee Member ART tuesdays/MIAMI