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Jamie Adams Bio
Jamie Adams

Jamie Adams, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of 3D Art - Ceramics, Sculpture, 3D Design

Office: Mary Moody Northen Hall, Room 134
Email:  jadams@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2834

Professional Profile

Mr. Adams received his BFA in Painting from the University of Montevallo graduating summa cum laude in 2003. He completed his MFA in Ceramics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2007. While in graduate school Mr. Adams was awarded The Judy Cheteyan Scholarship, a nation-wide competitive scholarship that provides college students with the opportunity to gain professional experience within a nationally and internationally known contemporary craft organization. The three-month summer internship was for an arts management/art education residency at the Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC), which provided Mr. Adams with professional and career development and practical experience with professional artists and arts management personnel.

After graduate school, Mr. Adams served as Exhibitions Manager at SCC, a gallery that presents cutting edge exhibitions focused on multicultural diversity and non-mainstream art. He also worked as Operations Manager at Artists Image Resource, an artist run, non-profit print and imaging organization established to serve as a laboratory for artists, educators, and the community. Most recently, Mr. Adams chaired the art department at Judson College for eight years. He has received grant funding for many community-based arts initiatives from a number of organizations, including The Rotassa Foundation, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the French American Cultural Exchange, and the Black Belt Community Foundation. 

Teaching and Related Service

Mr. Adams has taught at the collegiate level since 2007, and taught a wide variety of courses, including all levels of Painting, Drawing, Art History, Graphic Design, Sculpture, Printmaking, and Ceramics.

Since receiving his MFA, Mr. Adams has taught at numerous colleges and universities, including the Community College of Allegheny County, Slippery Rock University, Seton Hill University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Montevallo, and Judson College.

While serving at Judson College, he spent three years as Division Chair of Fine Arts, overseeing the departments of visual arts, music, and theatre. He also programmed the Marian Acree Tucker Gallery, a small college gallery devoted to showcasing the work of emerging national talent in the visual arts.

Research and Creative Activity

One of the themes that embodies Mr. Adams’ creative activity is the importance of art as community service, especially in underfunded communities. He has strived to help expose young children to art and art making in poor--predominantly--rural communities where kids do not have funding or access to art programming in the public schools. Mr. Adams developed a community youth studio enabling at-risk children and pre-college adults the opportunity to gain arts experience in a production studio at the Braddock Creative Arts Program in Braddock, PA. For three years he partnered with Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center to program an After School Arts Program in Camden, AL. He developed a weekly arts "intervention/enrichment" program for fifteen high-performing 7th and 8th grade students at Francis Marion School in Perry County, another Black Belt public school with zero funding for the arts. Most recently, Mr. Adams spent the summer of 2017 grant writing and overseeing “Camp Doodle.” Camp Doodle was a summer arts camp centered around the summer reading camp at Marion-Perry County Public Library where participants learned about a variety of art-making techniques--from printmaking to pottery--in conjunction with the books they are reading in the library. A diverse group of artists were charged with designing projects that support the reading program and that were appropriate for their audiences.

Mr. Adams is a sculptor and potter whose artistic process derives from a childhood spent in a profoundly religious family in the Deep South. Spirituality continues to be a prominent theme in his artwork.

Mr. Adams has exhibited his artwork in more than 60 group and solo exhibitions, including “NOT Approved by the Comics Code Authority, TOO!” at the Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw State University, GA; “Cup: The Intimate Object IV” at Charlie Cummings Gallery, in Fort Wayne, IN; “Craft Forms” at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA; “8 Fluid Ounces” at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA; “Cooper” at Cloud Gallery in Seattle, WA; “Paper in Particular” at Columbia College in Columbia, MO, “The Game Show” at the Contemporary Craft Museum in Portland, OR; “Gulf States Rising” at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, MS; and many others.

Mr. Adams’ artwork has received many awards, including the Flexcut Award for Excellence in Printmaking at the Edinboro Print National and The Karen Burgess-Smith Award at the Ceramics Biennial in Manchester, NH. It has also won Best in Show at the Gulf States Rising Exhibition at the George Ohr Museum.

Mr. Adams’ artwork is in many private residences throughout the U.S. and is in several public collections including the University of Alabama, Erie Art Museum, Francis Marion University, The Amity Art Foundation, among others. 

Personal Sketch

Mr. Adams lives in Canyon with his wife Sabrina, son Grayson (named after the first incarnation of Batman’s sidekick Robin), and daughter Ada (named after the titular character of the Nabokov novel). He likes to spend his free time reading comics, watching scary movies, and playing with his kids.