Welcome Aaron Turner! Darryl Chappell Foundation's Photographer-in-Residence

On Wednesday, June 1, University of Arkansas’ Aaron Turner began his residency at Ogden Museum. On his first day, he met with Photography Curator, Richard McCabe, and toured the Museum.

Last summer, Ogden Museum was awarded a $13,800 grant from the Darryl Chappell Foundation to fund a photographer-in-residence program. A call for entries for the residency was open from September 29 through November 23, 2021, and was open to Afrodescendants 21+ who had been practicing photography for the past five years. Turner was selected as Darryl Chappell Foundation’s photographer-in-residence at Ogden Museum this past January.

Throughout his residency, Turner will work closely with Ogden Museum’s curatorial department, meeting with Photography Curator Richard McCabe and also with local mentor, photographer L. Kasimu Harris, to grow and foster the resident’s connections and presence within the New Orleans arts community. Apart from meeting with local mentor L. Kasimu Harris, Turner will also be mentored by Houston Texas’, Earlie Hudnall, Jr. Additional mentorship by Mr. Hudnall, Jr, provided by Darryl Chappell Foundation, will give Turner the resources to flourish as he navigates the residency.

The residency will not only include online educational programming, but also a solo exhibition at Ogden Museum opening early December 2022. In addition, two works of Turner’s will be added to the museum’s permanent collection at the conclusion of his residency.

Turner was selected for his project Yesterday Once More, a project he started in 2013. Using photography, Turner began documenting his hometown, from an insider’s perspective, after seeing photographic work by Eugene Richards.

This photographer-in-residence program is made possible with the $13,800 grant the Darryl Chappell Foundation awarded Ogden Museum last summer. A portion of the grant is provided through the generous support of Darryl Chappell Foundation art patron, Nessa Feddis, a prominent attorney in Washington, D.C. Feddis is contributing a gift of $2,500 to support this flagship partnership with the Darryl Chappell Foundation Photographer-in-Residence program.