Clare Murray Adams
Professor of Art
2005, Month Long Residency at Jentel Foundation Banner, Wyoming
2005, Encaustic Paint Workshop, R & F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY
2001, MFA, Vermont College of Norwich University, Montpelier, Vermont (Fibers and Mixed Media Construction)
1993, BFA, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
1976, M. Ed., Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
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
All 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.