Volte Gallery

James Turrell

Biography

Born May 6, 1943, Los Angeles, California. Graduated Pasadena High School, 1961. BA Psychology, Pomona College, 1965. Art Graduate Studies, University of California, Irvine, 1965-1966. MA Art, Claremont Graduate School, 1973.
Awards in Art

1968
National Endowments for the Arts
1974
Guggenheim Fellowship
1975
National Endowments for the Arts, Matching Grant
1980
Arizona Commission for the Arts and Humanities, Visual Arts Fellowship
1981
Lumen Award, New York Section Illuminating Engineering Society with the International Association of Lighting Designers
1984
Katherine T. and John D. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
1985
“Bessie” Award, New York, for Best Collaboration with a Dance Company
1991
Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, France
1992
Freidrich Prize, Frankfurt, Germany
1994
Distinguished Achievement Award, National Council of Art Administrators
1994
Skowhegan Award for Sculpture
1997
Governor’s Arts Award, Artist of the Year, Arizona
1998
Wolf Foundation, Wolf Prize, Israel
2000
Scottsdale Cultural Arts Council, Artist of the Year, Scottsdale, Arizona
2004
Fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Science
2006
Flying Elephants Foundation Fellowship
2006
National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Art
2006
Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Letters
2006
Certificate of Recognition, City of Los Angeles, California
2007
Marsh Award for Public Sculpture, Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, London, England
2008
Award of Excellence in Public Art from the City of Claremont, CA for the Pomona Skyspace
2011
National Academy of Arts and Letters
2011
Belgium Academy of Arts and Letters
2011
American Academy of Arts and Letters
2013
Smithsonian Archives of American Art
2013
Awarded in 2014
National Medal of Arts
Awards in Architecture
2000
Grand Medailles d’Argent, Fondation Academie d’Architecture, Paris, France
2002
Jefferson Medal in Architecture, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
2003
Citation from The American Institute of Architects, Seattle
2003
Le Medallion de la Ville de Paris, France, Art and Architecture
2004
Sustainable Building Award, Coconino County, Arizona
2008
Honor Award for Design, U.S. General Services Administration, Washington, DC
2009
Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, London, England
2010
Velux Award from E.T.H., Zurich, Switzerland for the Skyspace, “Piz Uter,” in Zous, Switzerland
Honorary Degrees
1999
Honorary Doctor of Arts, Chicago Art Institute
2001
Honorary Doctorate, Pomona College, California
2002
Honorary Doctorate, Royal Academy of Art, London, England
2003
Distinguished Alumnus Award, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California
2004
Honorary Doctorate, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California
2004
Honorary Doctorate, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania
2005
Doctor of Humane Letters, Northern Arizona University
2007
Honorary Doctorate, Università IUAV di Venezia, Venice, Italy
2014
Honorary Doctorate Degree from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
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