Born Topeka, Aug. 6, 1897; died Albuquerque, NM, 1966. Painter, specialized in realist, figure & landscapes. Lithographer. Muralist, Teacher. At age 16 worked for G.M. Stone in Topeka before entering the Art Institute of Chicago in 1916.
Served as an army private in World War I. Studied at the Art Students League of New York beginning in 1919 where he was a pupil of K.H. Miller, George Bridgman, Maurice Stern, & Eugene Speicher.
Spent his summers with Andrew Dasburg in Woodstock, NY. From 1921-23 Adams studied in France & Italy painting landscapes that he exhibited in Topeka. Moved to Taos, NM in 1924 and became the youngest & last member of the Taos Soc
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
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