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Artist John M. Adams to exhibit site-specific wall drawing at Schlesinger Center

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Beginning sketches of Artist John M. Adams’ site-specific graphite wall drawing for the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Rendering courtesy of artist.

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus welcomes artist John M. Adams as a part of the 2017 season for the center’s art galleries. Adams has created the site-specific graphite drawing Terminal Flux on the wall of the atrium of the building. The exhibit for the drawing opens Monday, Jan. 16 with an artist’s reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.

Adams’ site-specific drawings are created on location, for that specific location, and last for a predetermined amount of time before they are painted over or destroyed. He has completed more than 12 site-specific drawings in the Washington, D.C., area. At more than 20 feet tall and 30 feet wide, Terminal Flux is Adams’ largest site-specific drawing to date. This drawing will be the Schlesinger Center’s second site-specific art exhibit but the first exhibit where the artist draws directly on the walls of the building.

“In conjunction with the transitory imagery, these aspects of the project offer a metaphor for evolution – moving the viewer through creation, existence and eventual destruction,” Adams explained.

The drawing will be on display for approximately one year where it will be seen by thousands of visitors who attend concerts and art exhibitions at the Schlesinger Center, in addition to the Northern Virginia Community College students.

“I have had the opportunity to see John’s site-specific installations at the McLean Project for the Arts as well as the Reston Arts Center,” said Exhibition Director Mary Welch Higgins. “We are thrilled that he will be able to bring his talents to the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center.”

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. In 2016, he exhibited his show Current Interrupted in the Forum Gallery of the Schlesinger Center.


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