Painting (Major)

Lauren Adams

Lauren Frances Adams, chair of the Painting Department at Maryland Institute College of Art, studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, received her BFA from UNC-Chapel Hill and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.  Her awards include the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award, the Trawick Prize, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award. 

Her work has been exhibited across the United States at museums, galleries, and artist-run spaces, with a recent 2021 project at the Baltimore Museum of Art.  Her work has been reviewed in Frieze Magazine, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Artslant, and Hyperallergic. Lauren is a founding member of Ortega y Gasset Projects, a project space in New York. Her work explores political and social histories through iconic images and domestic ornament, rooted in her experiences growing up on a farm in the American South and inspired by her belief in the need for reckoning with the past in order to understand the present.