REnee Adams

Ikebana: Dog, 2018, wood, epoxy clay, found objects, 26 x 20 x 8 inches

 
 

Renee Adams                                                   

Humanity’s imprint on nature is undeniable. Most scientists maintain we have now entered the Anthropocene, a term based on overwhelming global evidence that human activities are having a significant impact on all of the earth’s ecosystems. My work investigates the complicated relationship we have cultivated with the natural world, recognizing that our desire to control, covet, manage and exploit it has created a power struggle in which I believe nature will ultimately win. Through my work, I weave the historical relationship of human and planet with my environmental observations in an attempt to underscore our absolute reliance on the natural world while imagining new connections that might emerge.

My mixed media sculptures represent an artificial reality in which the wheels of evolution have surpassed the current day.  These works, within the context of natural selection, offer an escapist fairytale or a botanist’s fantasy where plants require little more than the trash of humankind to thrive. Lauding the resiliency and adaptability of life on earth, my works imagine a world in which plants are reclaiming their rightful home, adapting, evolving, and possibly even healing the woes of humankind.

Renee Adams

EDUCATION

 

1999                        Master of Fine Arts - sculpture emphasis, Central Washington University - Ellensburg, WA

1995                           Bachelor of Fine Arts - metalsmithing emphasis, Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO

 

SOLO/TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

 

2018                           Reclaim - Phylogeny Contemporary, Seattle, WA

2017                           Panacea - Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA

                                    Panacea - MAC Gallery  - Wentachee Valley Community College, Wenatchee, WA

2016                           Weird Science - Boswell Hall Corner Gallery - North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene, ID (with Justin Gibbens)

                                    Peaceable Kingdom – Oak Hollow Gallery - Yakima, WA (with Justin Gibbens)

2015                           Windows Alive - Window Installation - Jem Building, Yakima, WA

2013                           Are we not drawn onward to new erA - PUNCH Gallery - Seattle, WA (with Justin Gibbens)

                                    Wonderland - The Brink - Missoula, MT (with Justin Gibbens)

2011                           Peaceful Death and Pretty Flowers - PUNCH Gallery - Seattle, WA (with Justin Gibbens)

2010                           Poison Pie - PUNCH Gallery - Seattle, WA

2009                           Curious Species - Burien Arts Center - Burien, WA

                                    In Between - PUNCH Gallery - Seattle, WA (with Amber Stucke)

2008                           Corsage - Swarm Gallery - Oakland, CA

2007                           Under Fragile Skies - Palo Alto Art Center - Palo Alto, CA & PUNCH Gallery - Seattle, WA

2004                           Window Dressings - Tacoma Contemporary - Woolworth Building - Tacoma, WA

                                   No Stone Unturned - Allied Arts Gallery - Yakima, WA

Coming Round - Gallery Blue - Missoula, MT

2003                           The Human Game - Gallery One - Ellensburg, WA                  

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2019                           Not Forgotten: Recent Art Acquisitions - Yakima Valley Museum - Yakima, WA

2018                           The Woods (with PUNCH Projects) - Central Washington University Sarah Spurgeon Gallery - Ellensburg, WA

2017                           Ball in Play: An Unconventional Putt Putt Experience (with PUNCH Projects) – Gallery One - Ellensburg, WA

2016                           Natural Causes - CASS Contemporary - Tampa, FL
Hit and Run (with PUNCH Projects) - Punch Gallery - Seattle, WA
Aqua Art Fair, Phylogeny Contemporary Booth - Miami, FL
Context Art Fair, Phylogeny Contemporary Booth - New York, NY

2015                           Metamorphosis - Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA
Seattle Art Fair, PUNCH Gallery Booth - Seattle, WA

                                    Aqua Art Fair, C Emerson Booth - Miami, FL
Mythology – Confluence Gallery, Twisp, WA

Bellingham National - Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA       - Juried by Scott Lawrimore               
Wunderkammer Foss Waterway Seaport, Tacoma, WA - Curated by Lisa Kinoshita

Imaginature - Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA - Curated by Grant Barber

2014                           Gallery One Staff & Resident Artist Exhibition - Gallery One - Ellensburg, WA

2013                           Chamber Music - The Frye Art Museum - Seattle, WA – Curated by Scott Lawrimore

                                    Art on the Wall - Capital Theater - Yakima, WA

2012                          Make Space - Steele Gallery, Gage Academy - Seattle, WA

                                    The Art of Seduction - Rouse Gallery - Howard Community College  - Columbia, MD - Curated by Gail M Brown

                                   Evolutionary Insights - Worth Ryder Gallery - UC Berkeley, CA

                                    From the Ground Up - Larson Gallery - Yakima, WA

2011                           10x10x10xTieton Juried Show - Mighty Tieton Warehouse - Tieton, WA  - Juror’s Award

2010                           Call of the Wild - The Brink Gallery - Missoula, MT

                                    Country Cousins: An Exploration of Contemporary Frontier Myth - Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

2009                           Art Meets Math and Science - North Seattle Community College - Seattle, WA

2008                           Aqua Wynwood - Miami, FL

                                    Nature Freak - Kirkland Art Center - Kirkland, WA

2008                           Homegrown - PUNCH Gallery - Seattle, WA

                                    Beyond Boundaries - Larson Gallery - Yakima, WA

2007                           A Feminine Mystique - Simon Edwards Gallery - Yakima, W

2006                           As the Crow Flies - Tacoma Contemporary Window Dressings - Woolworth Building - Tacoma, WA

                                   Creature Comforts - Gallery One - Ellensburg, WA

                                    Artist Trust Grant Recipients - Chase Gallery - Spokane, WA

                                   Round One - PUNCH Gallery - Seattle, WA

                                   Second Nature - Simon Edwards Gallery - Yakima, WA


2005                          Recontextualized Vistas: Concerning Place - Shaw Room - Seattle Center

                                               - Bumbershoot visual art exhibitions, curated by Donna Stack

2005                          Point of Departure - Esvelt Gallery - Columbia Basin Community College - Pasco, WA             

2003                          CWU Faculty Exhibition - Sarah Spurgeon Gallery - CWU

                                    Branch, Beetle & the Biologic - Artemis Gallery - Seattle, WA

                                    35 Years, 35 Artists - Gallery One - Ellensburg, WA

2001                           Move On - Arrowspace Gallery - Olympia, WA

 

AWARDS

 

2012                           Jentel Residency Award - Sheridan, WY

2011, 08, 00              Grants for Artists’ Projects - Artist Trust  - Seattle, WA

 

PUBLICATIONS/PRESS

 

2017                           David Lynx, Adams Brings Nature Indoors with “Panacea” – Yakima Herald- Republic, July 26, 2017

2015                           Rosemary Ponnekanti, Museum of Wonder - The News Tribune, July 21, 2015
Craig Sailor, Curiosities Fill This Cabinet - The News Tribune, July 14, 2015

2013                           Claire Reiner, Artwalk April 2013: In Detail - Vanguard, April 10, 2013 – online arts blog

                                    Jen Graves, Extracting History from Cubbyholes at the Frye - The Stranger, April 10, 2013

                                    Eben Wragge-Keller, Super Natural - Missoula Independent, July 4-11, 2013 vol. 24 no. 27
Krysti Shallenberger, Unnatrual by Nature – Missoulan, July 5, 2013

2012                           Pat Muir, Let the Earth Rejoice - Yakima Herald – On Magazine, February 9-15, 2012

                                    The Art of Seduction exhibition catalog - published by Horowitz Center for the Visual
and Perfoming Arts, Howard Community College

2011                           Mighty Tieton 10x10x10 exhibition catalog - published by Marquand Editions

2008                           Andy Ritchie, A Few New Breeds - Art Slant, October 24, 2008 – online arts blog

2007                           Micheal S Gant, Natural High - Metro Active, August 8, 2007 – the arts

                                    Rachel Shimp, Under Fragile Skies - Seattle Weekly, March 7-13 2007 vol.32 no. 10

2006                           Travis Hay, City Chooses New Bike Rack Design - Daily Record, September 28 2006 vol. 105 no. 233

2005                          Fionn Meade, Concerning Place: A Bumper Crop of Talent in Central Washington

                                                      - Artist Trust Journal, Summer 2005 vol. XII no. 2

                                   Joanna Horowitz, Artists Find Peace in Thorp - Daily Record, July 21, 2005 vol. 104 no. 173

                                   Liz Bryson, Is Ellensburg for Public Art - Daily Record, May 14, 2005 vol. 104 no. 114

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

2016-2020                 Curator Roster Member - Washington State Arts Commission - Olympia, WA

2016-present           Treasurer & Artist Member - PUNCH Projects - Ellensburg, WA

2015-present           Co-Curator - Gallery One Visual Arts Center - Ellensburg, WA

2015                           Instructor - Kirkland Art Center

2013-16                     Instructor - Gallery One

2012                           Juror - Esvelt Gallery Student Exhibition - Columbia Basin College, Pasco, WA

2009                           Head Curator - Gallery One Visual Arts Center  - Ellensburg, WA

2006-present           Exhibition & Publicity Coordinator - Gallery One Visual Arts Center

2006-2016                 Treasurer & Board Member - Punch Gallery - Seattle, WA

2004                           Instructor - Beginning Drawing: Gallery One

2002-03                     Adjunct Professor - Central Washington University – Ellensburg, WA

2002                        Instructor - Drawing: Gallery One


1999                          Graduate Instructor - 2-D Design: CWU (fall 1999)

1998                          Sculpture Studio Assistant - Central Washington University