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Tracey Adams Works Biography

ARTIST STATEMENT

When printmaking and painting, I work in series by creating an initial motif, then explore permutations of the theme using color, pattern, line and shape. Influenced and inspired by my study of music theory, I am drawn to the intersections of music, art, science and math. My process includes repeating patterns, using mathematical calculations and developing serial systems based on geometric structures such as the grid. Each series I create has a natural evolution and connection to the next resulting in a synthesis of intention and chance.

I work with a variety of media choosing the materials that communicate my ideas best; my recent pieces are created using pigmented beeswax, oil, graphite, ink and collage.

BIOGRAPHY

Originally trained as a musician, Tracey completed her master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in 1980; concurrently, she studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She has had solo shows at the Monterey Museum of Art, the Fresno Museum of Art, and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. In 2003, she was invited to exhibit at the Andy Warhol Museum in Medzilaborce, Slovak Republic, a project supported by artist’s grants from the US Department of State and the Ministry of Culture. She is also a recipient of an Artist’s Grant from the Community Foundation of the Monterey Peninsula. Her work is featured in Authentic Visual Voices (Catherine Nash, 2013) and Embracing Encaustic (Linda Womack, 2014).

In 2014, Adams’ is included in “The Circle Game” at the Tucson Art Museum, “Swept Away,” at the Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, NJ and in “SHIFT: Five Decades of California Contemporary Painting” at the Monterey Museum of Art. She was invited to be the 2014 Visual Artist for the Music at Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute in Atherton, CA.

Adams’ work is included in the collections of the Bakersfield Art Museum, the Crocker Museum, the Monterey Museum of Art, the Fresno Art Museum, the Tucson Art Museum, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

RESUME

EDUCATION

1979-81    School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

1980        M.M. – New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA

1978        B.A. – U.C.L.A., Los Angeles, CA

Solo Exhibitions

 

2018                 Primordial Soup (an installation), San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

2016                 Cause and Effect: Mapping a Dialogue Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

2014                 Patterns of Infinity Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto and Winfield Gallery, Carmel

2013          Lumenis Winfield Gallery, Carmel

2012          Oblique Intention Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle and Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto

2011          Perspectives in Balance Anne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe, IL

Between Gesture and Geometry Fresno Art Museum, Fresno

2010          Elements of Harmony Mark Gallery, Englewood, NJ

Between Gesture and Geometry Gebert Gallery, Venice, CA

Spontaneous Meditations Anne Loucks Gallery, Chicago

2009          Synapse/Synapses Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey

Recent Encaustic Paintings Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle

Mindful Inversions Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto

2008          Recent Encaustic Paintings Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle

2007          Music of Spheres, Rhythm of Squares Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago

Thinking in Circles Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto

2006          The Perfection of Imperfection Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto & Winterowd Fine Art, Santa Fe

2005          The Symmetry of Asymmetry Monterey Museum of Art and Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto

2003          Routines and Rituals Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto

2002          Intervals: Gesture to Icon Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York City and Bryant Street Gallery,

  • Intimate Possibilities Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver and Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto

2000          Broken Symmetry Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York City

1999          New Work Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco

1998          New Monotypes Winfield Gallery, Carmel

1996          Ambiguities Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2017          Brand Spanking Blue Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

Work X 5 Clark Gallery, Lincoln MA
Art on Paper NY K.Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

                 Spectral Light and Color Samara Gallery, Houston, TX

2016          PAPER: burned, cut, folded, & stitched Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA (Curator: Tracey Adams)

In the Abstract, Anne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe, Il

2015          Momentum Transferred Bruce Lurie Gallery, Culver City, CA

eXXpectations Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL (Curator: Melanie Johanson)
Adaptations Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
Art on Paper K. Imperial Fine Art, New York, NY
Between the Spaces Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

2014                 Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ

SHIFT: Five Decades of Contemporary California Painting Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA

                     The Circle Game Tucson Art Museum, Tucson

                     artMKT San Francisco K. Imperial Fine Art, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

2013          Facing Forward, Recent Acquisitions: 2000 to Present Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey

Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA (Curator of Exhibitions: Michael Giaquinto)

Elephant in the Room: Contemporary Work in Encaustic Laconia Gallery, Boston (Curators: Linda Cordner and James Hull)

Conference Instructors Exhibition Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown

2012                 Winter Exhibition: Recent Acquisitions Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield

LA Art Show Gebert Gallery, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles

                 Affordable Art Fair Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle Center, Seattle

2011          Action Abstraction Mark Gallery, Englewood, NJ

Rock, Scissors, Paper: Bay Area Collage Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto

Third Anniversary Show Gebert Gallery, Venice, CA

San Francisco Fine Art Fair Bryant Street Gallery, San Francisco

2010          Vessels Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield (Curator: Aaron Weisenfeld)

Los Angeles Art Fair Los Angeles Convention Center, Gebert Gallery, Venice, CA

2010          Working with Wax: Contemporary Encaustic Painting in Northern California Santa

Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA (Curator: Thomas Morphis)

2009          PRINTED Cabrillo College Gallery, Aptos, CA (Juror: Archana Horsting)

Diverse Impressions: Bay Area Abstraction Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA (Curator: George Rivera)

225º F: Encaustic Encounters Turchin Center for the Arts, Boone, NC (Curator: Brook Bower)

4th Annual Encaustic Invitational Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson (Curator: Elizabeth Meigs)

2008                 trans+lucent Gebert Gallery, Venice, CA

New Encaustic Paintings Julie Nester Gallery, Park City

Relative Geometries Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson (Curator: Elizabeth Meigs)

Contemporary Ruin Escondido Museum, Escondido, CA (Curator: Olivia Luther)

A View of the Collection Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz

2007                      Three Encaustic Painters: Tracey Adams, Mark Rediske, Tony Scherman Carson Masuoka

Gallery, Denver

Encaustic Works 2007 Ball State University, Muncie, IN and Watermark/Cargo Gallery, Kingston, NY (Juror: Joan Snyder)

California Views National Steinbeck Museum, Salinas, CA (Curator: Scott Shields)

Affordable Art Fair Julie Nester Gallery and Bryant Street Gallery, New York City

2006          SFMOMA Art Auction 2006 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

Invitational Auction (fundraiser) San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose

Art (212) The 69th Regiment Armory, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York City

2005          Gallery Artists Allene Lapides Gallery, Santa Fe

Works on Paper The 69th Regiment Armory, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York City

Monothon San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose

2004          Between the Lines: Traveling Full Circle Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel

2003          Images of Vermont (traveling exhibition) Andy Warhol Museum, Medzilaborce, Slovak Republic;

Východoslovenská galéria v Kosiciach, Kosice, Slovak Republic; Sarisská galéria, Presov, Slovak

Republic; and US Steel Towers, Pittsburgh

2001          Juried Exhibition Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey (Juror: Cathy Kimball)

2000          Invitational Miniature Show Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA

Artstravaganza Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga (Curator: Helene Seeman)

1999          Small Things Come in Good Packages Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York City

1998          A Three Point Perspective Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel

Gallery Artists Solomon Projects, Atlanta

1996          Five Gallery Artists Los Angeles County Museum Rental and Sales Gallery, Los Angeles

The Monotype: Method to Magic (Curator: Tobin Keller), Cabrillo College Gallery, Aptos, CA

1995          Janet Turner National Print Competition CSU Chico, CA (Juror: Marion Epting)

National Works on Paper VII Valdosta University, Valdosta, GA (Juror: William Walmsley)

Awards/Honors

2015          Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2014          Visual Artist-in-Residence, Music at Menlo Chamber Music Festival & Institute, Atherton, CA

2007          Third-place, California Views: Portals and People, National Steinbeck Museum, Salinas, CA

2005          Residency invitation, Bemis Art Center, Omaha, NE, to collaborate on public project in Slovak Republic with Virginia Folkestad and Lena Leskova

2004          Artist’s Grant, Ministry of Culture, Slovak Republic, Between the Lines: Traveling Full Circle

Publication invitation, Trillium Press (Brisbane, CA) for a series of monoprints

2003          Artist’s Grant, US Department of State, to support Images of Vermont exhibit at the Andy Warhol Museum, Medzilaborce, Slovakia

Artist’s Grant, US Steel, to support Images of Vermont exhibit at the Andy Warhol Museum, Medzilaborce, Slovakia and US Steel Towers, Pittsburgh

1995          Scholarship, California State University, Long Beach to participate in “The Transient Image”

Artist’s Grant (printmaking), The Community Foundation of Monterey

Artist’s Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Museum Collections

 

 

Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield

Crocker Museum, Sacramento

Fresno Museum of Art, Fresno

Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey

Museum of Contemporary Art, Hot Springs, AR

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson

 

 

Public Collections

 

 

Beverly Hills Public Library, Beverly Hills

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Dallas

David & Lucille Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey

New England Conservatory of Music, Boston

Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus

Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts, Boston

US Department of the Army, Washington DC

US Department of the Army, Seoul, Korea

US Department of State, Washington DC

University of California, Santa Cruz

UC Medical Center, San Francisco

University of Wisconsin Medical Center, Madison

 

 

 

 

Selected Corporate Collections

 

 

Adobe Systems, San Jose

AT&T Corporate Headquarters, Los Angeles

Canon Corporation, San Jose

The Chubb Group, Warren, NJ

Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA

Ford Motor Company, Dearborn

General Electric Corporation, Stamford, CT

Hallmark Corporate Headquarters, Kansas City, MO

Intel, Inc., San Jose

McKinsey & Co., Washington, DC

Pfizer Pharmaceutical, New York City

Sony Corporation, San Jose

Sprint Corporate Headquarters, Overland Park, KS

Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, CA

Toyota Corporation, Torrance, CA

VISA Corporate Headquarters, San Francisco

 

Catalogs

 

2016          PAPER: burned, cut, folded and stitched, Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA Issuu (online)

2014                 Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence,Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ

Patterns of Infinity, Paintings of Tracey Adams, Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto.

Ninth Annual Encaustic Invitational, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson.

2013          Lumenis, New Paintings of Tracey Adams, Winfield Gallery, Carmel.

Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence,Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic, Cape Cod Museum of Art.

Elephant in the Room: Contemporary Work in Encaustic, Laconia Gallery, Boston.

2009                 Insight/Inside, LA St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles.

2007          Encaustic Works 2007, Ball State University, Muncie, IN.

2006          SFMOMA Art Auction 2006, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

2005          The Symmetry of Asymmetry, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey.

2004          Between the Lines: Traveling Full Circle, Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel.

2003          Images of Vermont (traveling exhibition), Andy Warhol Museum, Medzilaborce, Slovakia.

2002          Intervals: Gesture to Icon, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York City.

2001          Intimate Possibilities, Carson Masuoka Gallery, Denver.

 

Books

 

2015                 Linda Womack. Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint With Beeswax, Vol. III.

2013                 Catherine Nash. Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary Paper & Encaustic.

Linda Womack. Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint With Beeswax, Vol. III, in press.

2012          Michelle Belto. Paper + Wax: Techniques in Handmade Paper and Encaustic. Cincinnati: North Light Books.

2010          Lissa Rankin. Encaustic: A Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax. Watson-Gupthill.

2009                 Tracey Adams. Mindful Inversions (Santa Cruz Museum of Art). San Francisco: epressbooks.

Selected Reviews/Articles

2017          Ora Sorenson. “Depth with Encaustic Art”, Professional Artist magazine, January 1

2016          Kathryn Markel. “In Conversation with Tracey Adams”, www.markelfinearts.com, September

Elise Morris. The Studio Work Blog, March 22

2015          Images used in Catamaran Literary Reader, Spring, Santa Cruz, CA.

2014          John Seed. “Everything in My Life is Interconnected.” Huffington Post, August 11.

Brenda Hope Zappitell. “Tracey Adams: Her Process and Advice.” Professional Artist Magazine, July 30.

2013          “Lumenis: New Paintings by Tracey Adams on View at the Winfield Gallery.” artdaily.org, 15 April.

Joanne Mattera. “Extravagent Light” (catalog essay). Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic. Dennis, MA: The Cape Cod Museum of Art.

2012          Debbi Lester. “Tracey Adams and Radix 3.” Art Access, 21 (Summer).

2011          Donald Munro. “The Human Touch Exhibit Focuses on Form.” Fresno Bee, February 3.

2009          Erin Clark. “Art Book Report: Mindful Inversions.” Artworks, Fall.

Regina Cano. “Exhibit Uses Patterns to Stimulate the Senses.” Chautauqua Daily, July 29.

Christine Robinson and Alicia Hawkins. Heart to Heart (cover art). Boston: Skinner House.

2008          Geoff Wichert. “Color from the Hive.” 15 Bytes, September (www.artistsofutah.org).

2007          Michael Paglia. “Four Encaustic Artists.” Denver Westword, December 20.

2005          Lisa Crawford Watson. “The Symmetry of Asymmetry.” Monterey Herald, February 17.

Rick Deragon. “Shape Shifter.” Coast Weekly, January 20.

2004          “Advanced States of Concentration.” Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Winter.

­2003          “Pripomina vlnu i cudnu husenicu.” Korzar, March 24.

              Miloslava Hriadelova. “Hladam ludi, ktori ma zaujmu.” Kosicky Vecer, March 26.

Rick Deragon. “Ancient Voyages.” Coast Weekly, November 26.

2002          Rick Deragon. “Her Art, Her Story.” Coast Weekly, November 7.

2001          Berin Golonu. “Previews: Tracey Adams.” Artweek, November 1.

2000          Ann Nichols. “Artstravaganza 2000.” Chattanooga Free Press, May 21.

1997          Terri Vandercook. “Women Artists Reflect Diversity.” Adventures in Dining, October 18.

1996          Kathryn M. Nichols. “Monotype Artist’s Plate is Full.” Monterey Herald, February 1, p. 8.

George Rivera. “Magical Monoprints.” Artistwriter, March/April.

Lisa Crawford Watson. “Tracey Adams: Orchestrating Her Artistry.” Monterey Herald, August 4.

1995          “Show of Monotypes, Woodcuts Opens with Public Reception.” Monterey Peninsula Review, May.

Terri Vandercook. “Synchronicity.” Coast Weekly, May 25.

Interviews/Presentations

2014          Visual Artist, Music at Menlo Chamber Music Festival & Institute, Atherton, CA, July-August.

2013          “Cannibalism and the Art of Collage.” Presentation at the 7th International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, 31 May.

2011          Lynette Haggard. Interview with Tracey Adams, Carmel, CA, July 5 (lynettehaggard.blogspot.com).

2008          “Becoming a Professional Artist.” Presentation at IEA conference, 10 May.

2006          GEOFORM online interview on geometric form and structure in contemporary abstract art.

2003          Andrea Tomaschova. Vytvarnicka (television interview). Vychodoslovenska Galeria, March 25.

2001          Maia Carroll. “Life in the Arts” (printmaking demonstration/interview). KMEX-TV, January 17.

1998          Heidi Hybl. “Focus on the Arts” (interview). KUSP-FM, Santa Cruz, CA, July 1.

Education

 

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