Local arts supporter Marilyn Souza of Gridley has been selected to receive this year’s Turner Prize for Excellence in the Arts. The Turner Prize is awarded annually by the Turner Print Museum Board of Directors to a person, business, or organization that has contributed significantly to the arts in the Chico community. Souza has been recognized as a part of the downtown Chico culture since 1990 and her fine art and gift gallery has been host to a variety of artists whose media include print, watercolor, photography, sculpture and pottery. Souza served on The Turner Board of Directors from 2000 to 2010 and considers Janet Turner the consummate naturalist. “At the core of Janet’s being was nature and how it exists,” Souza said. “She drew what she saw.” Souza’s profession is that of an arts advocate. It is her hope that The Turner will continue to educate and promote print artworks in all its forms and techniques. 
“I view art as a language of sorts — between the artist, viewer, listener, and audience,” said Souza. In her honor a print by Chris Ofili, titled “Last Night/New Day,” has been added to The Turner collection. “In honoring a community person’s contribution to the arts, the Turner Print Museum and its collection is enriched by an outstanding print by an artist with national or international stature,” said Turner curator Catherine Sullivan. “This process allows the Turner collection to grow to reflect the current art world and the printmakers’ place in it.” Ofili, a British born Nigerian artist, is well known in the international world; he was the recipient of London’s Tate Gallery Turner Prize in 1998. “This piece is an outstanding example of printmaking produced at one of the Bay Area’s premier art publishing studios, Crown Point Press,” noted Sullivan. “There master printers work directly with an artist to realize the final edition. This particular work was printed by Catherine Brooks who has been to CSU, Chico as a Visiting Artist in printmaking.”
 “Last Night/New Day” can be seen in the lobby during The Turner’s current exhibition, “Landscape As Metaphor,” which runs through September 21. The Turner Print Museum Gallery is located in Meriam Library on the CSU, Chico campus and is open during exhibitions Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Sullivan at 898-4476.