Full-time Faculty in Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore

Born: Snow Hill, North Carolina, 1979. Lives and works in Baltimore, MD.

Link to full CV (pdf)


  • 2009 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Painting)
  • 2007 Master of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art/Art History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Honors)

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018 Germinal, Pinkard Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
    Crazy Quilt, Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2016 Trove/Trope, Maxey Museum, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
    Brutality Garden, Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD
  • 2014 American Catastrophe Report, Katzen Arts Center Rotunda, American University, Washington, DC
  • 2012 Hoard, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
    We The People, Expo Chicago, with the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
    A Cloak Over the Ocean, Back Lane West, Cornwall, UK
    Bear the Sway, South Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA
  • 2011Plunder, Conner Contemporary, Washington, DC
    The Nymph’s Reply, Luminary Center for the Arts, St. Louis, MO
  • 2010 Bitter Harvest, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA
  • 2006 Jungle Tender, Fraction Workspace, Chicago, IL
  • 2005Photo A Go Go, Rebus Works, Raleigh, NC (collaboration with Clare Britt)
  • 2003Domestic Disturbances, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

Public art commissions

  • 2020 To the Truth-Loving People of North Carolina, Center for the Study of the American South, UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 2018MARX @ 200, SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (billboard project)
  • 2017 Centennial of the Everyday, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum in Alexandria, Virginia, collaboration with
    Stewart Watson for the Office of Historic Alexandria’s TIME and PLACE Program
  • 2011 Missouri Coverlet Abstraction, St. Louis – Lambert Airport Art Glass Triptych (permanent installation)

Selected Group Exhibitions / Performances / Collaborations

  • 2021All Due Respect, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland
    -V-E-N-T-R-I-L-O-Q-U-I-S-T- Issue 4: Persistence of Vision, edited and published by Whitney Lynn
  • 2020Sally, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • 2019Distance, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY
    Where Have We Been, Center for the Arts, Towson University, Baltimore, Maryland
    Sally, Artpoetica, Old Stone House, and Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse, NY
  • 2018Home Front, Old Stone House, Brooklyn, NY
    Unloaded, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
  • 2017The Nothing That Is, The Carnegie, Covington, KY
    30 Year Anniversary of the Artist Residency Program, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
    Unloaded, University of Kentucky, Lexington
    Unloaded, ICA, Maine College of Art
    Unloaded, MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
    Here, Platform Arts Center, Baltimore, MD
    Trawick Prize Ruby Anniversary, American University Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • 2016Of the People, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
    Say I Am, Plug Projects, Kansas City, MO
    Trawick Prize, Gallery B, Bethesda, MD
    Appropriating Revolution, Old Stone House, Brooklyn, NY
    Baltimore Rising, Lazarus Center at MICA, Baltimore, MD
    Unloaded, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
    Unloaded, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI
    FU HB2, The Pink Building, Raleigh, NC
  • 2015Leaving Home, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, England
    The Nothing That Is, Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, North Carolina
    Satellite Squared, Migrational Methods & a Romantic Gonzo Gesture, Satellite Contemporary, Las Vegas, Nevada
    Self-Organized: Aesthetic Politics of the Artist Run, Guest Spot, Baltimore, Maryland
    Rummage, Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
    Unloaded, Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
    Unloaded, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, IL
    Untitled No. 5, Randall Scott Projects, Baltimore, MD
    Make Things (Happen), Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA (as part of Christine Wong Yap’s participatory project)
  • 2014Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
    EARTHTWERKS and other celestial familiars, SideCar, Hammond, IN
    Rotating History Project: Clermont Forum II, The Clermont Foundation, VA
    The Neighbors, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC
    BiPolar, curated by Andrea Pollan at School 33, Baltimore, MD
    Make Things (Happen), contribution to Christine Wong Yap’s participatory project at Nathan Cummings Foundation and NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Photography and Imaging galleries, New York
    In This Place, Twilight, Seattle, WA
    Belongings Once Were, University of North Georgia Roy C. Moore Art Gallery, Gainesville, GA
  • 2013Relay Relay, Ortega y Gasset, Brooklyn, NY
    Worked, ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, Georgia
    Animalia Agitatus, Clarion University Art Gallery, Pennsylvania
  • 2012Unravelling the National Trust, Nymans House and Gardens, Sussex, England
    Home Work: Domestic Narratives in Contemporary Art, Green Hill Center for Art, Greensboro, NC
    Out of Fashion, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC (traveling, curated by Steven Matijcio, SECCA)
    Unlived Histories, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
    Social Security, Luminary Center for the Arts, St. Louis, MO
  • 2011Out of Fashion, South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, NC
    Conversation Pieces, Purdue University, IN
    Local Histories: The Ground We Walk On, Chapel Hill Historical Society, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2010Sweet Jesus, Lemp Brewery, St. Louis, MO
    I Know What You Did Last Summer, St. Cecilias, Brooklyn, NY
    Countertransferences: Approaches in Social Art Practice, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • 2008Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Recipients, CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY
    Meet the Made, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2007Findings, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2006Crosscurrents, Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2005Seeing Double, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
    Crosscurrents, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
    Two for the Seesaw, Branch Gallery, Carrboro, NC

Grants / Awards

  • 2020 Maryland State Arts Council Creativity Grant (for Rights and Wrongs at the Carroll/Peale in Baltimore)
  • 2020 Trustees’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, Maryland Institute College of Art
  • 2019 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award (Painting)
  • 2018 Americans for the Arts 2017 Public Art Network Year in Review Award (Centennial of the Everyday w/ Stewart Watson)
  • 2016 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
    Maryland State Arts Council Grant (Painting)
    Trawick Prize
  • 2015 Puffin Foundation Grant
  • 2014 Sondheim Prize Finalist
  • 2013 Clark Hulings Fund (Painting)
  • 2007 Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant
  • 2004 North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Project Grant


  • 2019 MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts
    Winterthur Museum Maker-Creator Fellowship, Delaware
  • 2016 Instituto Sacatar, Bahia, Brazil
  • 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
    Montello Foundation, Nevada
    Foundation Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2012 Back Lane West, Cornwall, England
  • 2010 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
  • 2008 Jentel Artist Residency, Wyoming
  • 2006 Outside Project: Belgrade
  • 2003 Regional Emerging Artist in Residence, Artspace, Raleigh NC

Featured Press

Suzy Kopf, “Rights and Wrongs Exhibition Examines the Ongoing Struggle for Suffrage,” BmoreArt, 11/16

Izabel Galliera, “Marx @ 200,” Journal of Curatorial Studies, Volume 7 Number 2
Julie Hamilton, “Collect Calling,” IndyWeek, 11/14
A.J. O’Leary, “Post-Silent Sam, professors gather at the Ackland to discuss future of public art at UNC,” Daily Tar Heel, Chapel Hill, NC, 11/12
WHUP, “Interview with Lauren Frances Adams,” 3-D News w/ Bob Burtman, 11/9
Chris Vitiello, “Ackland Art Museum Bounds Into the Future,” IndyWeek, Raleigh, NC 9/12
Matthew Friday, “Marx @ 200,” Brooklyn Rail, 6/5
Cara Ober, “Baltimore’s Confederate History,” HyperAllergic, 3/12
Brittany Britto, “White Supremacy, Confederate Mythology,” Baltimore Sun, MD, 2/8

Mark Jenkins, ‘Simple objects speak about living in an 18th-century hostelry’, The Washington Post, 8/24
Alicia Eler, ‘Artists take aim at U.S. gun ownership’, Star-Tribune, Minneapolis, MN 7/6

Eva Visser, ‘Outside/Inside, Interview with Lauren Frances Adams’, Puntkomma, Issue 9: February-April
Jacqueline Bishop, ‘For Lauren Adams, Female Artists Need to Learn to Trust Themselves’, Huffington Post, 8/15
Claudia Rousseau, “Trawick’s Prized Pieces,” Culture Spot, 9/15

Mimi Luse, ‘The Nothing That Is’, Frieze Magazine, Issue 175 November/December 2015
Rebekah Kirkman, ‘Uncertainty in artist-run efforts as Station North develops’, Baltimore City Paper 8/5/15
Michael Anthony Farley, ‘Brooklyn to Baltimore’, ART F CITY, 7/30

Alex Jones, ‘Lauren Frances Adams uses the Walters collection to offer revisionist history’, Baltimore City Paper, 7/8
Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch, ‘The Sondheim Prize Finalists Exhibition’, Art F City, 7/24
Tim Smith, ‘Vibrant works from Sondheim Prize finalists’, The Baltimore Sun, 6/20
Cara Ober, ‘Power, Labor, and Material Culture: In The Studio with Lauren Frances Adams,’ BmoreArt, Baltimore, MD

Carrie Hott, ‘Ornament & Crime: A conversation with Lauren Frances Adams, Stacy Lynn Waddell and Susanne Slavick’, Temporary Art Review, December
Lani Asher, “Bushwick: Looking Backwards into the Future,” San Francisco Arts Quarterly, November

Liz Hoggard, ‘Unravelling . . .Nymans’, EMBROIDERY Magazine, September/October, published by the Embroiderer’s Guild, England and Ireland
Sarah Hamilton, ‘EXPO Chicago, in the thick of things’, Artslant, 9/21
Paul Laster, “Expo Chicago,” Art in America , 9/2012
Philip A. Hartigan, ‘Wandering the Halls of Chicago’s New Art Fair’, Hyperallergic, 9/24
Pedro Velez, ‘EXPO Insider Photo Diary’, New City Chicago, 9/22
Liz Farrely, ‘Unravelling Nymans’, CRAFTS Magazine, Issue No. 236 May/June, The Magazine for Contemporary Crafts, published by the Crafts Council, UK, London, England

WXII NBC Affiliate, “Fashion Meets Art at SECCA,” television interview with Lauren Adams, 11/2/11
Potter, Steve, KWMU’s Cityscapes on NPR, ‘House Coat,’ with guests Lauren Adams, Leeza Meksin, and Jake Peterson, 3/25/11
Keaggy, Diane, ‘Art Project Wraps Benton Park house in Spandex,” St. Louis Post Dispatch, 3/23/11

David Fellerath, “Group shows in Raleigh and Durham tackle the troubles and hopes of the times: Gone to Croatoan,” Independent Magazine, 1/28/09

Ann Millett, “Crosscurrents,” Art Papers January/February issue

David Need, “Vision and Time: Photo A Go Go” Independent Magazine, 8/10/2005

Caitlin Cleary, “Textiles’ Not-So-Subtle Subtext,” The News & Observer, 9/12/2003

Teaching Appointments

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, Full-time Faculty, Painting (2012 – )
Washington University in St. Louis, Assistant Professor, Painting (2008 – 2012)
Chatham University, Adjunct Professor of Art (2007 – 2008)
Carnegie Mellon University, Adjunct Professor of Art Painting (2007)

Select lectures / Panels / Presentations

Panelist, The Artist & the Archive: Drawing from History as a Contemporary Approach, College Art Association Conference,
New York, 2021
Panelist, Public Art Confronts the Past, Center for the Study of the American South, North Carolina, 2021
Visiting Artist (lecture and crits), Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 2021
Open Call Podcast, Interview with Lauren Frances Adams, hosted by Laura Tanner and Anne Stagg, 2021
Virtual Artist Talk, Rights & Wrongs, with Antonio McAfee, McKinley Wallace III, and Erin Fostel, The Peale, 2020
Visiting Artist (lecture and crits), Kansas City Art Institute, 2019
Artist Talk, Ackland Art Museum, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2018
Workshop: Imagining UNC’s Future With Art, Center for the Study of the American South, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2018
Workshop, Baltimore Museum of Art, with poet Gayle Danley, 2018
Panelist, Older Than Yesterday’s News (with Lauren Adams, Vanessa German, Ryan Woodring and Andrew Ellis Johnson), International Sculpture Conference, Pittsburgh PA, 2016
Panelist, Time & Place: A Conversation About Art, History and Community, Office of the Arts and Office of Historic Alexandria, Virginia, 2016
Artist Talk, Instituto Sacatar Fellows, Goethe Institute, Salvador, Bahia Brazil, 2016
Panelist, Anatomising the Museum, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2015
Visiting Critic, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2015
Artist Talk, University of North Georgia, Gainesville, 2014
Visiting Critic, Funen Academy of Fine Art, Odense, Denmark, 2012
Artist Talk, Back Lane West, ‘Straight and Crooked Thinking’ Series, Cornwall, UK, 2012
Collaborative presentation with Gina Caison, ‘Re-imaging White and Harriot in Contemporary Roanoke Island’, Roanoke Island, NC, for Roanoke Conundrum: Fact and Fiction symposium, 2011
Visiting Artist and Lecture, Alfred University School of Art and Design Foundations and MFA programs, Alfred, New York, 2011
San Jose State University, Digital Media BFA/MFA Program (seminar lectures), 2011
“Space Invaders: An Afternoon with the Rat King,” Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008

Exhibition catalogues / Publications

Centennial of the Everyday, published by Alexandria Office of the Arts, 2017
Baltimore Rising, published by MICA, 2016
Bmore Art Magazine, Issue 3: Legacy, 2016
To Make a Public: Temporary Art Review 2011-16, published by Temporary Art Review, 2016
The Nothing That Is, published by the Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC, 2015
SPACE/LAUNCH, Skowhegan Publication (edition of 500), 2014
The Front Room: Artists’ Projects at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis 2008-2013, Published by CAMSTL and D.A.P.
Unravelling the National Trust, Nymans House and Gardens, England, 2012
Needle Work, Allison Smith at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, University of Chicago Press, 2010
Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Recipients, Published by the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York
Crosscurrents, Published by the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, 2005

Published Exhibition Reviews

Temporary Art Review and BmoreArt

Curatorial Projects

Rights and Wrongs, The Peale at the Carroll, Baltimore, Maryland: Erin Fostel, Stacey Kirby, Julia Kwon, Precious Lovell, Antonio McAfee, JoAnne McFarland, Gina Gwen Palacios, Jason Patterson, and Sarah Paulsen, and McKinley Wallace III

The Swerve, co-curated with Jennifer Coates: Julia Bland, Caroline Wells Chandler, Glenn Goldberg, Bill Komoski, Joyce Kozloff, Bruce Pearson, Sarah Peters, James Siena, and Barbara Takenaga at Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn, NY

Ornament and Crime, Stephanie Syjuco, Susanne Slavick, David Mabb, and Stacy Lynn Waddell at Ortega y Gasset Projects in Bushwick, NY

House Coat, Leeza Meksin at Cosign Projects

Needle Work, Allison Smith at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis
YESRAD: Radical Positivity, Matt Barton at Cosign Projects
Anthem, Susanne Slavick at Cosign Projects
Sweet Jesus, with Juan William Chavez, Kiersten Torrez, William Gass and Jake Peterson, at the Lemp Brewery in St. Louis, MO
Lamp, Carrie Hott at Cosign Projects

I’m #1, Clare Britt at Cosign Projects, St. Louis, MO
Flags for Hiroshima, elin o’Hara slavick at Cosign Projects, St. Louis, MO
Home Game, Jessica Langley at Cosign Projects, St. Louis, MO
The Other Side, Cheryl Wassenaar and Brigid Dolan at Cosign Projects
Past Perfect, Present Tense, the students of the eponymous course at Washington University in St. Louis, Des Lee Gallery

Rodent Redux and Other Prospects, Michelle Fried at TAI+LEE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Arboreal Resonance, Daniel Letson and Spencer Longo at TAI + LEE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Emerging in Summer Eyries, Jessica Langley at TAI+LEE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Git ‘er Done, Jan Descartes at TAI+LEE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Dance Dance Revolutionary, Fereshteh Toosi at TAI+LEE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
The Tale of Old Lady Merrell, Julia Stein AKA Juliacks at TAI+LEE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Go With the Flow: A Whole Other Kettle of Fish, Ian Ingram and Thomas Sturgill at TAI+LEE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

LOOM2, Chatham Label Mill, Pittsboro, NC (Co-curator)

Loom, Chatham Label Mill, Pittsboro, NC (Co-curator, co-founder)