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 Kenneth Miller Adams  (1897 - 1966)

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Lived/Active: New Mexico/Kansas / Mexico      Known for: figure and landscape painting, graphics

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Taos Indian Evening
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Known for breaking down natural shapes into geometric patterns of line and color, Kenneth Adams became the last and youngest member of the Taos Society of Artists. In contrast to the other members whose work was grounded in late 19th-Century academic principles, he was a contemporary realist, deeply influenced by Cubist experiments of the French artist, Cezanne and American modernist, Andrew Dasburg. Adams was a key figure in New Mexico art circles and bridged the "old guard" artists and new arrivals.

He was born in Topeka, Kansas and began his studies at the age of sixteen with George M. Stone.  He attended the Art Institute of Chicago after serving in World War I as a private.  In 1919, he studied in New York at the Art Students League with Kenneth Hayes Miller and with Dasburg in Woodstock, New York.

After a period of study in France and Italy, he, having been encouraged by Dasburg, made his way to New Mexico and quickly became friends with Walter Ufer in Taos, where from 1926, he stayed for thirteen years.  In 1927, he was elected to The Taos Society of Artists.

In 1938, he moved to Albuquerque because he was awarded a Carnegie Corporation Grant to become the first artist-in-residence at the University of New Mexico.  He taught there for the next twenty-five years until 1963, becoming a full professor.  In 1938, he was also elected an Associate Member of the National Academy of Design in New York and a full member in 1961.
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
1st Annual Kansas Artists Exhibition, 1925; Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition, 1926; 25th McPherson Exhibition (Catalogue of the Annual Art Exhibit. McPherson: McPherson High School Press, 1911-35) (Catalogue of the Annual Art Exhibit. McPherson: McPherson High School Press, 1911-35) 1935; 14th Annual Kansas Artists Exhibition (Topeka: Mulvane Art Museum, 1925-1941), 1938; Midwestern Artists Exhibition, 1938.
Memberships:
Taos Society of Artists; National Academy of Design (Association 1938); Prairie Print Makers.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
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 Bridgeman, 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 Society of Artists in 1926. Began teaching at the Taos Field School of Art in 1929 then moved to Albuquerque in 1937 where he was artist-in-residence at the University of New Mexico until his retirement in 1963. In 1937 he painted “Rural Free Delivery” in the Goodland Post Office. He also painted murals in Washington, DC, the University of New Mexico, & at Kansas State College, Manhattan. Primarily known for his scenes of Spanish culture and for his portraits.
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AWARDS:
Denver Art Museum, honorable mention for graphic arts, 1930; Philadelphia Print Club, honorable mention for lithography, 1932; Clark prize & honorable mention Corcoran Biennial, 1935; Second Prize, Midwestern Artists Exhibition, 1938; NY Worlds Fair, 1st prize, 1940.

COLLECTIONS:
Denver Art Museum; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; Mulvane Art Museum; Honolulu Academy of Arts; Sandzén Memorial Art Gallery; Topeka Public Library; Anschutz Collection; Spencer Museum of Art.

MEMBERSHIPS:
Taos Society of Artists; National Academy of Design (Association 1938); Prairie Print Makers.

SOURCES:
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Festival of Kansas Arts and Crafts. Catalog: Arts and Crafts of Kansas: an Exhibition held in Lawrence, Feb. 18-22, 1948 in the Community Building. Lawrence: World Co., 1948; American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-1947 22, 25; Reinbach, Edna, comp. “Kansas Art and Artists”, in Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society. v. 17, 1928. p. 571-585., Edna, comp. “Kansas Art and Artists”, in Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society. v. 17, 1928. p. 571-585.; Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936- v.1=1936-37 v.3= 1941-42 v.2=1938-39 v.4=1940-47. 1, 2, 3, 4; Sain, Newlin, Gertrude Dix (Development of Art in Kansas. Typed Manuscript, 1951), Gertrude Dix (Development of Art in Kansas. Typed Manuscript, 1951); Dawdy, Doris Ostrander. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary. Chicago: Swallow Press, 1974. Wiebe, Joanna K. “Kansans Cared About their New Deal Art”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 21, 1972. p.1E & 7E-----. “Local Legends Live in Art”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 22, 1972. p.1A & 3A-----. “Age Enhances Fort Scott Mural”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 23, 1972. p.1A & 8A-----. “Halstead Legend Perpetuated”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 24, 1972. p.1A & 16A -----. “Scenics, Murals and Lithographs Included in Kansas New Deal Art”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 25, 1972. p.15A.; WKDC (Kansas Artists, compiled by Woman’s Kansas Day Club. January 29, 1964. Typed Manuscript.); Art in Federal Buildings: an illustrated record of the Treasury Department’s New Program in Painting and Sculpture. Volume 1: Mural Design, 1934-36. Washington, DC: Art in Federal Buildings Inc., 1936; Wash (Baldinger, Wallace S. comp. Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Sculptures and The Free Public Library Loan Collection of Casts in Mulvane Art Museum and other Buildings, Washburn College. Coke, Van Deren. Kenneth M. Adams: A Retrospective Exhibition. (Albuquerque: University of NM Press, 1964); Adams Retrospective Catalog (Albuquerque: University of NM Press, 1972); Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition (Kansas City: Kansas City Art Institute, 1920-1942 Mines, Cynthia. For the Sake of Art: The Story of an Art Movement in Kansas. s.l. Mines, 1979.) 1926, 1938; Clark, Eliot. History of the National Academy of Design, 1825-1953. New York: Columbia University Press, 1954.; Shipp, Steve. American Art Colonies, 1850-1930: a Historical Guide to America’s Original Art Colonies and Their Artists. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996.; Porter, Dean A, Teresa Hayes Ebie, Suzan Campbell. Taos Artists and Their Patrons, 1898-1950. South Bend, IN: Snite Museum of Art, 1999., Dean A, Teresa Hayes Ebie, Suzan Campbell. Taos Artists and Their Patrons, 1898-1950. South Bend, IN: Snite Museum of Art, 1999.
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, I:
Taos realist figure and landscape painter, muralist, lithographer, teacher

At 16, Adams studied with G.M. Stone in Topeka, then entered the AIC in 1916.  After serving in the Army as a private in World War I, he studied at the ASL beginning 1919, the pupil of K H Miller, Bridgman, Sterne, and Speicher.  Summers were with Dasburg in Woodstock.  From 1921 to 1923, Adams studied in France and Italy, painting landscapes he exhibited in Topeka.

In 1924, Adams followed Dasburg’s advice, settling in Taos with an introduction to Ufer.  He became the youngest and last member of the Taos Society of Artists, but he was more than a duplicate of the original members’ emphasis on the romantic Indian. Adams was contemporary realist, influenced by Dasburg and working in the tradition of Rivera and Orozco.

Technically conservative, Adams was nevertheless concerned with the daily lives of his agrarian neighbors.  In 1929, Adams began teaching at the U of New Mexico in Taos. The dominant subjects in his work became the Spanish Americans and landscapes. In 1938, he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where his work by 1950 was devoted to nudes, portraits, and still life, while his summer subjects in Taos were flowers, the Indians and the rural Spanish Americans.

Resource: SAMUELS’ Encyclopedia of ARTISTS of THE AMERICAN WEST, Peggy and Harold Samuels, 1985, Castle Publishing

Biography from Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery Santa FeTucson:
Kenneth Miller Adams was born in Topeka, Kansas in 1897.  Studying with George Melville Stone in Topeka, Adams went on to study at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York before traveling to Italy and France for further instruction.  He summered in Woodstock, NY with Andrew Dasburg, painting the landscape and developing his skills as a modernist.

In 1924, Adams moved to Taos to be with Dasburg and Walter Ufer.  He would be the last and youngest member of the Taos Society of Artists, and perhaps the most dedicated modernist of them all.  He was also one of the most emotionally connected to the Taos Indians, teaching at the University of New Mexico, Taos.

In 1938 he moved to Albuquerque during the winters, where he worked on nudes, portraits and still life, returning to Taos in the summer to focus on Indian subjects.  He taught at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, as well, eventually earning a tenured professorship and a membership to the National Academy of Design.

He died in 1966.

Biography from William A. Karges Fine Art - Carmel:
Kenneth Adams is best remembered as the last and youngest member of the Taos society of artists.  Without roots in the 19th century classicism, Adams was more free to explore the contemporary methods of representation.

Following studies at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York, Adams, strongly influenced by Cezanne’s Cubist principles, would influence the New Mexico art scene for decades.

After a dozen years in Taos, Adams moved to Albuquerque in 1938, where he taught at the University of New Mexico for the next 25 years.  A testament to his vision and recognition outside the Southwest was his election to the National Academy of Design in New York in 1961.

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