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Artists on Art Series: Rachel Gloria Adams and Ryan Adams

February 2 @ 4:30 pm 5:30 pm

Rachel Gloria Adams and Ryan Adams are an artist team based out of Portland, Maine. They recently created the site-specific mural, You Showed Me Love, on the Farnsworth Art Museum’s campus. This collaborative project merges the artists’ signature styles of vibrant graphic patterns of natural worlds and gem-like lettering.

In addition to their work at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rachel and Ryan are active in the artist scene in Portland and throughout New England. As part of our Access For All – First Fridays at the Farnsworth programming, join them and Chief Curator Jamie DeSimone in a lively and fun conversation about You Showed Me Love, their artistic process, and how it connects them with the community.

The Mural Project is supported by an anonymous donor, Hampton by Hilton of Rockland, the Lunder Foundation, and our Annual Exhibition Sponsors.

Rachel Gloria Adams received her BFA from the Maine College of Art and Design. Her exhibitions have included Able Baker, Notch8, Alice Gauvin Gallery, and Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Rachel has attended residencies at Speedwell, Pace House and is an Indigo Arts Alliance David C. Driscoll Fellow. In addition to her studio practice, Adams has been commissioned to create murals for several institutions including the Children’s Museum of Portland, University of Maine, and the Farnsworth Museum. Rachel also serves as a board member for Space Gallery.

Ryan Adams developed his ‘gem’ style of work through the study of letterforms. He adds layering techniques through experimentation with spray paint to add shadows and highlights to create depth and movement throughout the pieces. The backbone of his work is lettering, which affords the opportunity to directly convey a statement or saying within a piece that is camouflaged within the bending and intertwining geometric shapes.

This interactive and immersive viewing experience is shared with the Cubist and American Graffiti movements that heavily influence this style of work. The duality of the work, being viewed as a geometric abstraction while also including a direct statement, is exhibited in the naming of the ‘gem’ style.

In addition to his work at the Farnsworth, Ryan has held residencies at Surfpoint, Hewnoaks, Indigo Arts Alliance, and is a Board Vice President at the Ellis Beauregard Foundation and a board member for the Portland Public Art Committee.

Cost: Free to the public

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Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States