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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Printmaker
Graphic Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salmon, Poultry, Soul Food, Mexican Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Central America
Favorite Quote:
For A Long Life, Keep Your Mouth Shut And Your Bowels Open.

Birthplace

Born:
6/25/1934
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Printmaker
Graphic Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salmon, Poultry, Soul Food, Mexican Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Central America
Favorite Quote:
For A Long Life, Keep Your Mouth Shut And Your Bowels Open.

Birthplace

Born:
6/25/1934
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Printmaker Ron Adams is a former commercial printmaker and current independent artist who has taught at several universities and collaborated with artists such as John Biggers and Judy Chicago. He was born on June 25, 1934, in Detroit, Michigan to Laura and William Adams. Adams took classes at numerous art schools throughout the late 1950s and the 1960s, including Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Manual Arts Adult Night School, Los Angeles City College, UCLA and the University of Mexico. These classes gave him a broad base of experience in technical skills such as drafting, technical illustration, lithography, and engraving, as well as the more standard drawing and painting. He received a certificate of trade proficiency from Otis College of Art and Design in 1963.

Adams used his technical expertise to become a successful commercial printer. In 1968, while studying at the University of Mexico, Adams designed the poster, murals, and motif for the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City. Upon his return to the United States, Adams went to work at the prestigious Gemini G.E.L. printing workshop in Los Angeles, where he quickly moved from the position of assistant printer to that of master printer. In 1973, he left Gemini to work as a master printer for Editions Press in San Francisco. A year later, Adams moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to found his own printing company, Hand Graphics Ltd. While there, he also worked as a guest instructor in the printmaking department of the University of Texas in El Paso in 1981, and chaired the Santa Fe Committee for Low-Cost Studio Space for Artists in 1985. Adams sold Hand Graphics Ltd. in 1987 and retired from commercial printing to focus on producing his own artwork. He has since served as artist-in-residence at Hampton University in Virginia in 1989 and at Tougaloo Art Colony in Mississippi in 2002.

Adams has been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery in Nashville, and the University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque, among others. His work was included in a travelling exhibition of prints and drawings sent to the USSR by the US State Department in 1966. Pieces by Adams appear in the collections of such noted museums as the California Afro-American Museum in Los Angeles, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., and the Bronx Museum in the Bronx, as well as in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ron Adams' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ron Adams lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ron Adams remembers his mother's profession and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ron Adams talks about his maternal grandmother, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ron Adams talks about his maternal grandmother, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ron Adams remembers his father's personality and profession
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ron Adams describes his paternal grandfather's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ron Adams describes his paternal grandfather's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ron Adams describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ron Adams talks about his neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ron Adams remembers his childhood pastimes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ron Adams talks about his neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ron Adams remembers his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ron Adams talks about his early interest in drawing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ron Adams describes his experiences at Northwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ron Adams talks about his move to California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ron Adams remembers meeting his first wife
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ron Adams recalls how he came to be a technical illustrator
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ron Adams describes the technical illustration program at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ron Adams describes his career as a technical illustrator in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ron Adams describes his decision to attend the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ron Adams remembers his professors at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ron Adams recalls the cultural movements of the 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ron Adams talks about his reasons for moving to Mexico City, Mexico
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ron Adams remembers his arrival in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ron Adams describes the process of lithography
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ron Adams describes the processes of etching and engraving
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ron Adams recalls how he came to work at Gemini G.E.L. LLC in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ron Adams describes how he became the graphic designer for the 1968 Summer Olympics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ron Adams talks about the Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ron Adams talks about his involvement in the protest movements of the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ron Adams describes his work at Gemini G.E.L. LLC in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ron Adams describes the role of a master printer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ron Adams talks about the difference between fine art prints and commercial prints
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ron Adams talks about printer's proofs and artist's proofs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ron Adams describes his decision to open a printing studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ron Adams talks about the Hand Graphics LLC studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ron Adams remembers working with Charles Wilbert White
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ron Adams talks about the process of publishing a print
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ron Adams recalls his guest lectures
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ron Adams recalls meeting his third wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ron Adams talks about his artist residencies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ron Adams describes his family's impressions of his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ron Adams talks about his print, 'Blackburn'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ron Adams describes his print, 'Profile in Blue'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ron Adams remembers his relationship with the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Ron Adams describes his decision to move to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ron Adams describes his hobbies
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ron Adams talks about the arts community in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ron Adams reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ron Adams shares his advice to aspiring artists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ron Adams reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Ron Adams narrates his photographs