The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will display the paintings of well-known regional artist John M. Adams in his show Current Interrupted. The show will be on display and available for public viewing in the Forum Gallery from Friday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 13 with an artist’s reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.
Adams specializes in painting, drawing and site-specific work. His work can be found in private, public and corporate collections including in the Wilson Building at D.C. City Hall and the D.C. Art Bank Collection. Adams said his artwork is often influenced by passion for exploring the natural world as much as it is influenced by the structure of the urban setting where his studio is located. He describes his recent work as art that “activates the perceptual connection between artist, object and view.”
“In this new body of work I am continuing my exploration of the art object as a catalyst for contemplation and meditation for the viewer as well as the artist,” Adams said.
Adams was born in Hampton, Virginia, and grew up in rural Gloucester, Virginia, surrounded by the open water and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Fine Arts from James Madison University. He currently lives in Reston, Virginia, and maintains a studio in Arlington, Virginia. He has received numerous awards including a Graduate Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a Strauss Grant. Adams is also working on site-specific artwork that will be on display in the Schlesinger Center in early 2017.
The Schlesinger Center is located at 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311. The art galleries in the center are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information about art show and concert hall events, call the Schlesinger Center at 703.845.6156.
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