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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Jason Adams, Clemson University MFA in Art (sculpture), Wins 2016-2017 NC Arts Council Fellowship

Jason Adams, The Sipper's Digest, 2012.

"Since 1980, the North Carolina Arts Council has awarded fellowships to artists in a variety of disciplines who have been selected through rigorous panel screening processes. The Arts Council supports artists in their development and the creation of new work because they play an essential role in the creative vitality of the state. Fellowship recipients receive $10,000 to set aside time to work, purchase supplies and equipment, or pursue other artistic goals." [
Learn More about the North Carolina Arts Council]

One of Jason Adams’ favorite quotes is from the artist Chuck Close: “Amateurs wait for inspiration; the rest of us just show up and get to work.” Though still early in his career, Adams has shown that he knows that the work of an artist is represented far better by the hours spent in the studio, thinking and experimenting, than by glib artist statements or slick promotional photos.

But Adams also sees his work in the studio as only the beginning of the life of his sculptures and installations. He designs his work as a stage for activity and interaction, where participants create and discover their own meaning within the environments he has imagined. He encourages simple gestures, like leaving paper and pens for hand-written notes that, over the course of an exhibition, help to build a larger story than he started with, both visually and substantively. In this way of working, art is not the end point of his investigations, but rather the vehicle he uses to engage participants in a larger conversation about social issues and ideas.

Adams is a 2016-2017 N.C. Arts Council Fellowship recipient. He graduated summa cum laude in 2013 with an M.F.A. from Clemson University. He lives in Asheville.

Jason Adams, To Send a Sparrow, 2013.
Jason Adams, Cardiac Comfort, 2013.

Congratulations, Jason!

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