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Diary: A Portrait of Igor Melnikov

  • The Grace Museum 102 Cypress Street Abilene, TX, 79601 United States (map)

Speaker: Tonya Turner Carroll


Gallerist, Tonya Turner Carroll will present an inside look at Russian-born artist Igor Melnikov whose work is on view in the 2nd floor galleries this Fall/Winter at The Grace Museum.


Owner, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM


Tonya Turner Carroll

A 1989 graduate with Honors from the Art History Department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Tonya was awarded the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship for her studies in the history of art at UNC. Along with her husband Michael, she was the co-founder of the Turner Carroll Gallery in 1991. Tonya previously worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Israel Museum, and Sotheby’s London. She studied Italian art and language at Stanford’s Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. Turner Carroll received the Raoul Wallenberg Scholarship to study at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she focused her research on Ancient Near Eastern art, art as propaganda, and art for social change.

Tonya Turner Carroll advises private collectors and corporate clients on art acquisitions, assisting them in research, value estimations, and collecting. She has curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary art for museums, art centers, and cultural centers in the U.S. and abroad. Among them, Hung Liu: Women Warriors, at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Others include numerous exhibitions of contemporary Mexican artwork at the Four Seasons Resort Cultural Center in Punta Mita, Mexico; and Mexican contemporary art at St. Regis Punta Mita Resort’s Cultural Center. With husband, Michael Carroll and their children, Turner Carroll created Arte Mita, an organization bringing international artists together with school children of different countries. Via youth art sales, Arte Mita has helped form art programming at schools in Sayulita and Punta de Mita, Mexico, as well as in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation.

Turner Carroll and husband Michael Carroll wrote the definitive monograph on Romanian contemporary artist Traian Alexandru Filip, which won a small press book award upon publication. She has also authored several articles, blogs, and catalogue essays on contemporary art and artists. Turner Carroll has served on the boards of the Santa Fe Gallery Association and Friends of Contemporary Art for the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. She currently serves on the Governing Board of 516 Arts, a contemporary museum in Albuquerque, as well as the aM Contemporaries Council of the Albuquerque Museum.



Earlier Event: January 28
Pop-Up Make-N-Take
Later Event: February 4
Pop-Up Make-N-Take