John Turner grew up in Detroit, and first encountered art history as an employee of the Detroit Institute of Arts. He obtained a professional position in the Museum’s Registrar’s Office, while working towads a B.F.A. at Wayne State University with a major in fine arts and minor in art history. John was subsequently admitted to the graduate program in art history at Brown University, and became the first African American to earn a doctorate in art history from Brown. At Brown, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for study in Florence, the focal point of most of his studies. Since then, John has enjoyed a Mellon Fellowship in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Metrpolitan Museum of Art, New York. He is the author of publications on Michelangelo and Italian Renaissance art.