Jonathan Adams was originally born in Bristol, VA/TN. He earned his BFA in drawing from East Tennessee State University and his MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Rutgers University. His work has been exhibited in the lower eastside 21 Ludlow st, The Brooklyn Army Terminal under Kara Walker, Crosstown Arts in Memphis and an upcoming show at Ps122. Adams is currently a Part-time Lecturer in Drawing at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

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




2020, The Chautauqua School of Art residency

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


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


Selected Exhibitions

Forthcoming shows




TBA, PS122, New York, NY

Solo Shows

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

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

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

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




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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