Campus Address: Upton Hall 414
Bruce Adams is best known as a conceptually based figurative painter who references various, often historical, painting styles. In exploring the act of painting, Adams peels back the layers of meaning inherent in making and viewing art.
Formally trained in art education at Buffalo State, Adams informal education includes his involvement in the contemporary art scene, starting in the early 1980s as director/curator of peopleart bflo a small storefront gallery in Buffalo, and then with Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center as an Artist Advisory Committee co-founder, long-time board member, and board president.
Adams’ experience includes his work as a painter, installation and performance artist, public school art teacher, college professor, and more recently critical and creative writer. His work has been exhibited extensively, and is included in numerous private and museum collections including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Castellani Museum, UB Anderson Gallery, and Burchfield-Penney Art Center. Adams' installations and performances have been staged in public venues such as Buffalo's First Night, the Urban Art Project, and the Artists and Models Affair. In 2007 Adams was given an extensive mid-career survey exhibition titled Bruce Adams, Half Life 1980-2006 at the UB Anderson Gallery.
Adams education achievements include years of involvement with the New York State Art Association, including three-time conference coordinator, and the editorial advisory committee. He participated in the NY State Education Department’s ASSETS taskforce (Regents Art Assessment), to develop a state arts education assessment. In 2000 the National Art Education Association named Adams New York State Art Educator of the Year. Adams won the Bronze award in art criticism in the National City and Regional Magazine Editorial and Design Awards.