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Katie Adams MFA Thesis Exhibition at Harrison Galleries

Work by Katie Adams, MFA candidate in sculpture.

Tuscaloosa. — The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History is pleased to present the master of fine arts thesis exhibition of Katie Adams, titled Bulbs of Dream and Dread, March 6-13, 2020, at the Harrison Galleries in downtown Tuscaloosa. An opening reception for the artist will be Friday, March 6 from 6-9 p.m., during Tuscaloosa’s First Friday activities.

Adams gets the title of her exhibition from the renowned poet Russell Edson: “Do not pull at the difficult head, this teetering bulb of dread and dream.” She takes her inspiration from the human body and its forms and structures. She writes in her artist statement, “By manipulating naturally established structures and repeated arrangements, I borrow metaphorical meaning from non-human organisms, expanding conversations of health and disease. My work draws attention to the effects of health on conscious perspective. By investigating how systematic disruptions impact the sense of self, I create visual manifestations of the emergence of patterns from complicated interactions between structural components within the body. Altering the perception of texture, my forms utilize biomimicry to react to the disorder that disease causes in the architecture and function of living organisms while promoting community support for advancements in biomedical research and engineering.”

Gallery talk by Katie Adams in 2019 for the Annual Graduate Student Exhibition, Sella-Granata Art Gallery.

Adams is a graduate teaching assistant in sculpture. She received the BA from Western Kentucky University in art with a concentration in sculpture. Her work has been included in numerous juried and group exhibitions including Height x Width x Depth (HWD) in Kettering, Ohio; 51st Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, Corpus Christi, Texas, and 24th Annual Jack Lunt Memorial Juried Art Exhibition, Bowling Green, Ky. She demonstrated at the 2016 Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Convention (SOFA) in Chicago. Adams presented her MA thesis exhibition in March of 2019 and has presented work in several recent Annual Graduate Student Shows. Adams speaks about her art work and her practice in this video.

A thesis exhibition is one of the requirements for the successful completion of the Master of Fine Arts program in the UA Department of Art and Art History. For more information about the department of art and art history’s degree programs, visit our website.

Harrison Galleries, LLC, is located at 2315 University Boulevard in downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information call (205) 464-0054 or visit the website.