Born in Bristol, TN, Jonathan Adams received his BFA from East Tennessee State University in 2016. He is currently an MFA candidate at Rutgers University. Being a black man in the Christian south lead to difficulties finding a community and understanding his identity.

 

Visual art was a bridge to initiate dialogues with peers and family; He uses visual art as a means of understanding. Within his work, he explores aspects of perceived identity using scenarios of the human condition and history.

Drawing upon mythology and invasive observational conversation with peers/viewers he is able to fully express the idea visually. Jonathan also enjoys the countryside and a good day nap.

b. 1991, Bristol, TN/VA lives and works in New Brunswick, NJ

 

Education

 

 

2020, MFA (candidate), Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (Mason Gross Visual Arts Graduate Fellow)

 

2016, BFA, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

Forthcoming shows

 

2020  TBA, The CMPLX, Memphis, TN

 

 

Solo Shows

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

2016  Reactions to Innate Stimuli,

Slocumb Galleries, Johnson City, TN.

 

Group Shows

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

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

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

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

2018-Curr. 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

 

 

Skills

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Lightroom

Clip Studio

HTML

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Affinity Designer

 

 

Press

Number presents Art of the south 2019

Locate Arts, "ALONG THE HORIZON: CONTEMPORARY DRAWING IN TENNESSEE"

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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