Pamela Taylor Turner is an Associate Professor in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University’s department of Kinetic Imaging. Her scholarly work focuses on an expanded inquiry into independent animation in the United States, following connections to visual effects and new media practices. The interdisciplinary nature of animation is integral to her creative work which is situated in (re)connection of human/non-human/natural environment through imaginative use of emerging technology and animated expression.
She has presented her extensive research on the abstract animated films of Adam K. Beckett at REDCAT in Los Angeles, the National Gallery of Art in D.C., and at numerous conferences and film venues. The late Adam Beckett was a pioneering animator whose independent work in the 1970s influenced a generation of animators. His innovative process led to his role as head of animation of the first Star Wars movie.
Pamela currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Society for Animation Studies and is a member of the iotaCenter Board of Directors. She teaches animation and media arts history and practice.
Pamela Turner has taught studio and lecture courses in new media, photography, and animation in Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts, beginning in 1995.
Her animation has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at galleries and film festivals, including the Ajijic Festival Internacional de Cine 2000, Ajijic, Mexico; Nashville Independent Film Festival; Worldfest Houston; and the Mill Valley Film Festival. Awards for her animation "Falling Back to Earth: Tomatillo" (2000) include a Director's Citation at the 21st Annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival, a Gold Award in Experimental Video and Film Animation at Worldfest Houston, and the CiNY (Cinewomen New York) Award for Outstanding Filmmaking in Animation. "Between Frames", won an award for Experimental Short and Best Editing and has screened at the BAC 39th International Film and Video Festival, in Brooklyn, NY, and Madcat Women's International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA.
She has presented papers at conferences including the Society for Animation Studies annual conference and Siggraph. She is the founding faculty sponsor for the Student Siggraph Chapter at VCU.