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Jonathan Adams is an artist from Bristol, VA/TN. He earned his Bachelor's in Fine Art with a concentration in Drawing from East Tennessee State University and his Master's of Fine Art in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from Rutgers University. His work has been exhibited Internationally and

Nationally, including but not limited to The Studio Museum of Harlem's Studio Magazine, The Brooklyn Army Terminal, Crosstown Arts, Chautauqua Visual Art galleries, Wiregrass Museum of Art, William King Museum of Art, Dots Gallery, The Kansas African American Museum in was a Part-time Lecturer in Drawing at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Adams works as a full-time artist and lives with his family in Knoxville, TN.

b. 1991, Bristol, VA/TN lives and works in Knoxville, TN




2021  Arrowmont Visions Intern, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

2020 The Chautauqua School of Art residency

           Master of Fine Art, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (Mason Gross Visual Arts Graduate Fellow)

2016  Bachelor of Fine Art, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN


Selected Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2023  Gospel-l, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, Georgia

2020 The Last Safe Place on Earth, Smallbany Gallery, Albany, NY

2019  Faraday Cage, Civic Square Building, New Brunswick, NJ

2016  Reactions to Innate Stimuli,

Slocumb Galleries, Johnson City, TN.


Group Shows

2023    Holler If you See Me: Black Appalachia, The Kansas African American Museum Wichita, KS

2022    unSEEN: The Unpredictable Forms of Drawing, Belgrade, Serbia

            Elements, Kenosha, Wisconsin

2021   From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands, Abingdon, TN

           Destruction Before Creation, Tipton Gallery, Johnson City, TN

2020  B20 Wiregrass Biennial, Dothan, AL

           IN THE PULL OF THE FUTURE | Mercurial Tranquility, Curated by Adriana Blidaru 

           Presented by EFA Project Space

           30 Under 30 ‘Directors choice’, Viridian. INC, New York, NY

           Devil in the Details, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

2019   Dark, Dark, Dark Looms the Canopy of Clouds, Westerhoff School of Art and Music, Metuchen, NJ

           Silenced Narratives Black Americanx Tipton Gallery, Johnson City, TN Curated by Shai Perry and Terrell Carter

           confluence, Coral Street Arts House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

           Art of the South 2019 juried by Bethany Springer, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

           Kara Walker Presents: Museums, Monuments and Memorials, Brooklyn Army Terminal Brooklyn, NY

           Like a Day; The Day After, 21 Ludlow st, Brooklyn, NY

           Young Collectors Contemporary Art Fair and Conference, Memphis, TN

           Positive/Negative 34 National Juried Art Exhibition Juror Ann Meisinger, Slocumb galleries, Johnson City, TN

2018   Just Honey,  Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

           Se Vende Columbia , Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ

           All that Glitters, Juror Keith Lewis and Tariqa Waters, Gallery One Gallery one Visual art center,

           Ellensburg, Washington

           Along the Horizon: Contemporary Drawing in Tennessee, The Reece Museum & Slocumb Galleries,

           Johnson City, TN

2017   The Fl3tch3r Exhibit Juror Anita Kunz, The Reece Museum, Johnson City, TN

           Black Appalachia: African American Art in Northeast,  Tipton Gallery,  Johnson City, TN

2016   Student Honor Show Juror Carolyn Grosch, Slocumb Galleries, Johnson City, TN

           6x6x2016 , Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Brooklyn, NY

           Body Matters, SUBmarine Gallery, Johnson City, TN

           Digital Dialect, Reece Museum, Johnson City, TN

2015   Unsound Minds, Submarine Gallery,  Johnson City, TN

           Transitional Zeitgeist, Kingsport at the Renaissance Arts Center Renaissance Center, Kingsport, TN

           Unrestricted, Tipton Gallery, Johnson City, TN

           Southern Oracles, East Tennessee State University,  Johnson City, TN



Residencies, Awards

2021  The Drawing Center Viewing Program 20/21

2020 The Chautauqua School of Art residency Tuition Scholarship

           John I. Bettenbender Memorial Performance Award

          Dedalus MFA Fellowship Nomination

2019  Honorable Mention Positive/Negative 34 National Juried Art Exhibition  Juror Ann Meisinger

2018  Art Letters and Numbers residency

2018-2020  MFA Full Tuition Fellowship, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University

2009-16  “Bobby Griffin Family Scholarship”


Related Experience

2021 Virtual Art Reach Instructor, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

2018- 2020. Part-Time Lecturer, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey

2018- Curr. Art Instructor, The Westerhoff School of Music & Art

2018-2020. GSA Graduate student class representative

09/2016 - 12/2016 "Gooder Labs" Layout Production, illustrator and design artist

2015-2016, Vice-President of the Student

Painting Drawing Association (SPDA)

Kubert Correspondence course Penciling certification

2013-Curr., Freelance Graphic Designer

2015-Curr., Freelance Artist




Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Lightroom

Clip Studio


Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Affinity Designer




Locate Arts The Focus, Interview: Jonathan Adams

House Party for Art: Art, music and virtual experiences Wiregrass Museum of Art

A View from the Easel During Times of Quarantine, Hyperallergic

Number presents Art of the south 2019


All that Glitters Catalog

The Fl3tch3r Exhibit  catalog

Engage Kingsport, “Transitional Zeitgeist: A Group Exhibit by the Student Painting and Drawing Association at ETSU" William Kai Stephanos

Art Interviews with Bill Jordan: Candid Interview with Jonathan Adams

A! Magazine for The Arts, "Highlighting Northeast Tennessee's Black Artists at Tipton Gallery during Little Chicago Festival"








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