Jenna Turner was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design (Calgary, AB) in 2011 and went on to complete artist residencies at Medalta (Medicine Hat, AB) and at Red Deer College (Red Deer, AB). In 2014 Jenna received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University (New Orleans, Louisiana) and taught ceramics for two consecutive years. In 2015 Jenna traveled to South Korea to attend the Gyeonggi International Ceramics Biennial where she was an exhibiting artist and presenter. Most recently, Jenna received an Alberta Foundation for the Arts Individual Project Grant to return to Medalta and complete a year-long artist residency and exhibition.
As a child growing up on the prairies, Jenna Turner was surrounded by farms, small towns, and working-class families such as her own. The familiar yet contrasting elements of both industrial and domestic spaces, have had a lasting impact on Jenna and the sculptures she creates. In pairing durable mediums such as ceramics and steel, with less permanent ones such as bread and cloth, Jenna explores some of the more elusive issues that lie under the surface of normality.