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Clare Murray  Adams

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Clare Murray  Adams
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Johnson Center 214

Professor of Visual Arts


  • B.F.A. in Surface Design from Kent State University
  • M.F.A. in Fibers and Sculpture from Vermont College
  • M. Ed. in Art Education from Kent State University


Teaching at the college level, Instructing at In-Service Workshops, 25 year career as an exhibiting artist

Recent Scholarly Work

Solo Exhibit:  Reference Points    Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery    SC
Solo Exhibit:  Of Time and Place   Anderson Gallery    Canton, OH
Two-Person Exhibit:  Identity     Concourse Gallery   Upper Arlington, OH
Fibernation   2nd April Gallerie   Canton, OH
Home/House/Place   Tri- C Campus   Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  The Artist as Quilt maker   FAVA Gallery   Oberlin, Ohio
  Scriptorium    Climate Gallery   Long Island City New York    (Award)

"Ohio Collage Annual Exhibit" Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Never Think Small, Climate Gallery, Long Island, New York City, NY
"Bradley International Print Exhibit"  Bradley U  Peoria, IL  Juried by Lynwood Kreneck
"National Fiber Directions" Wichita Center for the Arts    KS    Juried
"Butler Mid-Year Exhibition"  Butler Institute of Art  Youngstown OH  (Juried)
2008: "Stark County Artists Show"  Massillon Museum  Juried by Griffith Mann  Honorable Men.
"Fiber Nine"  Prairie State College  Chicago, IL  (Juried)             "15th Annual Juried Art Exhibit"  Jasper Art Center  Jasper, IN  Juried by John Streetman III
"Ohio Collage Society's Annual Exhibit"  Mansfield Art Center  Mansfield, OH  Merit Award
"Annual Members' Show"  Woman Made Gallery  Chicago, IL  (Juried)
"Third Encaustic Invitational"  Conrad Wilde Gallery  Tuscon, AZ
"Stark County Artist Exhibit"  Massillon Museum   Juried by Charles Basham, 2ND PLACE
"Encaustic Works:  Two Views"   Canton Museum of Art    Two-Person Show
"Shelf Life"   Kent State University, Stark  Canton, Ohio Solo Exhibit            
"Shelf Life"   Berea College   Berea Kentucky    Solo Exhibit
"CrossRoads"   Rhonda Schaller Gallery    Chelsea, New York   Invitational
"Hot Stuff" Encaustic  Exhibit  Montserrat College   Beverly MA  (juried)
2006: "OH+5"  Dairy Barn Cultural Art Center Athens, Ohio  (juried)  JUROR'S CHOICE AWARD  2005    
ONE PERSON SHOW  "Collage a Day Series"   Massillon Museum, Massillon, Ohio  

Master: Collage   Lark Books   2010
Open Studio Press   Studio Visit Magazine   2009
Gayle Pritchard,  Uncommon Threads: Ohio's Art Quilt Revolution'  2006
Somerset Studio Publications,  Signatures,   2004
Kate Mathews, ed.,  Fiberarts Design Book V, 1995 and  Fiberarts Design Book IV, 1991
Conrad, Miles,  Third Annual Encaustic Invitational,  Exhibition Catalog, 2008
Nicholis, Alexandra,  Adaptations:  Artworks Inspired by The Massillon Museum's Permanent Collection,  Exhibition Catalog, 2006

Teaching Assignments

  • ART 381 - Applied Arts: Tie Dye and Batik
  • ART 382 - Applied Arts: Surface Design Techniques
  • ART 483 - Fiber Arts III

About Me:

All of my life I have had a great interest in sewing and fibers.  As a child I was a collector of things and a saver of objects I deemed precious whether they really were or not.  Until recently I was a lifetime resident of Canton, Ohio.  In the summer of 2005 I married and moved to Southington, Ohio where I have a home and a studio.  In this space I have more room to save and collect "things" which I then use in my found object constructions.
My artwork has had a varied existence.  I spent 20 years making art quilts, whose surfaces gradually began to become more dimensional as I incorporated found objects and family ephemera into them.  Early work referenced architecture with doors and windows suspended in unreal spaces.  Eventually I began to build and make constructions out of the real architectural findings that I collect or rescued from trash bins and flea markets.  Still wanting to achieve a textural surface I began to work with encaustic paint which allowed me to add my own textures to the found objects.  All of this I view as a kind of collage or assemblage.  My work is very addictive in nature.
I'm an Associate Professor of Art in the Visual Art Department at Malone University.   I received a BFA from Kent State University and an MFA from Vermont College.  Over the past 25 years my artwork has been exhibited regionally and nationally in fiber and mixed media exhibits where I have often taken home honors or awards.  During the past two years I have been fortunate to have had 5 One-Person Exhibits in Ohio, Indiana, New York and California.  
Prior to teaching at Malone University, I spent five years as a first grade teacher and 5 years teaching art in a parochial school.  My interest in painting and surface design along with my sewing and sculptural work led me to seek a Master's of Fine Art degree from Vermont College in 2001.  
Ideas of family, feminist concerns, elements of time, and universal emotional issues are continual themes for exploration.  Earlier work was strongly rooted in quilt making and surface design.  More recent work relies on the processes involved in making 3D constructions, in collage and in encaustic painting or working with wax.