Matthew Turner: Volunteer and Donor


Matthew Turner, Discord

A dedicated Art for AIDS participant who has been in attendance for the past decade and served on the host and planning committees, Matthew MacCaul Turner was elated to discover that the jury had selected one of his photographs to be included in the 19th annual Art for AIDS fundraiser.

“Art for AIDS is a fantastic opportunity for first­ time collectors,” Turner exclaimed, “It is an honor to be included in a juried show for such a great cause. All the proceeds from Art for AIDS benefit the UCSF Alliance Health Project, which provides mental health services to local LGBTQ and HIV affected communities.” A classically trained architect and interior designer, the artist has a keen eye for detail and a penchant for creating unique juxtapositions.

After studying architecture at Georgia Tech University, he turned his artistic eye towards crafting comfortable, modern homes. Turner honed his design skills at Dilger Gibson, Tucker & Marks, and Fisher Weisman before establishing his own firm, MacCaul Turner Design, in 2007. At his eponymous firm, the designer imbues spaces with a fresh take on modern classicism, and always encourages clients to purchase artwork.

Turner discovered photography as a teenager and refined his skills through a fine art photography course he attended while studying abroad in Paris. “As a young teenager, I was excited to have a camera to document the world around me,” Turner says, describing his first memories behind the lens. The artist sees his medium as an unlimited creative endeavor free from the rules and limitations of the client and budget that interior design and architecture often pose. In his photographs, Turner explores the relationship between figure and inhabited space, creating layered narratives that play with the balance of light and shadow.

Turner’s piece for Art for AIDS, titled Discord, is a black and white photograph from his Paris Metro Series that depicts a street performer. The man was originally upset that the photograph was taken and demanded payment, but quickly changed his tune once Turner explained that he was a fellow young artist living in Paris on a student budget. “Afterwards, he even happily posed for another shot,” Turner recalls.

Turner is eagerly awaiting this year’s Art for AIDS event, where he will not only be showing his artwork but also will serve on the host committee. “It’s truly rewarding to invite friends and acquaintances who may be intimidated by an auction but then end up going home with a piece,” Turner says, reflecting on his past experiences, “It’s difficult to not be excited by the electricity in the air.”

The 19th annual Art for AIDS charity auction will be held on October 9, 2015, at 6:00 PM at City View at the Metreon in San Francisco. Tickets and more information on the event are available online. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit AHP to provide LGBTQ-affirming mental health and HIV services.