Mary Pat Turner received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Dayton in 2005, while holding four-year visual arts and academic scholarships. In the summer of 2004, she studied at the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. Mary Pat attended Clemson University, receiving a graduate assistant scholarship that allowed her to instruct classes in painting. She was granted the Dr. E A & J S Dreskin Fellowship and CAF Mickel Grant to spend a semester abroad at the Charles E. Daniel Center in Genoa, Italy. After graduating with her Master of Fine Arts in 2007, Mary Pat moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and began teaching at Belmont and Lipscomb Universities. By the Fall of 2010, she was a full-time adjunct instructor at Belmont versed in teaching an extensive selection of classes. Mary Pat has taught a range of ages through art camps and workshops for the Tennessee Arts Education Association, The Frist Center for Visual Arts, and the Arts Center in Clemson, SC. She has most recently exhibited in the Manifest Creative Research Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio and the Leu Art Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee. Mary Pat investigates personal experiences with abjection by collapsing the boundaries between her memories, fears, desires, and inane associations between objects and meaning.