Tuesday, May 22, 2012

PSoA Certificate of Excellence: Leslie Adams

Leslie Adams
Lynne with the magical Red Shoes
63 X 39 in.
oil on linen

Leslie Adams is a nationally recognized artist who specializes in figurative art and portraiture. Her patrons include many distinguished members of private society as well as the corporate, academic, religious, cultural, and civic leaders of our day.

In a 1992 statement by acclaimed artist, Edward Schmidt, the professor commented not only on the work of Leslie Adams, but her passion for that work. He boldly stated, “Leslie Adams, because of her talent and love of drawing, is clearly the most gifted young artist to have come to the Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art.” Two years earlier, the young artist was awarded the Grand Prize in the first International Drawing Competition sponsored by the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts – a prize that included the coveted Warhol Scholarship and which enabled her to attend the Academy and earn a Master of Fine Arts degree. While in New York, Adams studied with leading figurative artists including Vincent Desiderio, Eric Fischl, Jack Beal, and Xavier deCallatay. In addition to her excellent academic background, she refined her skills through further study with Patrick Betuadier, director of the Atelier Neo Medici.

Adams’ work has been exhibited internationally and is included in numerous public and private collections in the United States and abroad. Her paintings and drawings have received a multitude of awards from institutions including the Toledo Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art, the National Arts Club, and the Art Student’s League of New York. She has been honored with Awards of Excellence for her paintings in International Portrait Competitions sponsored by the American Society of Portrait Artists’ Foundation, the Portrait Society of America, and the Art Renewal Center. In 2007, Leslie successfully prepared her first major solo exhibition at the Ella Sharp Museum of Art & History – an exhibition which showcased the body of work she produced during the first decade of her career in portraiture. In addition, Adams' work was selected for inclusion in Inspiring Figures: An Exhibit Celebrating American Women in Figurative Art, at the Butler Museum of American Art, and Here’s Looking at You: Portraits by Ohio Artists in the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery. As a prominent portrait artist, Adams has completed two gubernatorial and four official portraits for the State of Ohio, including portraits for the Ohio Senate and the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Adams' work was also included in the 93rd Annual Toledo Area Artist’s Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art where it received its highest honor. Curated by the Museum’s Director, Brian Kennedy, and the Curator of Contemporary Art, Amy Gilman, the artist was awarded a solo exhibition – the first offered in the show’s history. Adams’ exhibition will open in the Toledo Museum of Art in September, 2012 and coincide with Manet Portraits, a major exhibition co-organized by the TMA and the Royal Academy of Art, London.

The portrait, Lynne with the Magical Red Shoes, is Leslie Adams' first work to be acquired by a museum in the United States for their permanent collection. The painting, a portrait of Lynne Loftis, the former President and Executive Director of the Ella Sharp Museum of Art & History in Michigan, was unveiled during a ceremony on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011. The commission had been announced at a celebration of Ms. Loftis’ retirement from the Museum after her thirty-three year tenure. The elegant, full-length portrait is installed outside of the Lynnea Loftis Gallery of Local History at the Museum.

Please visit Leslie Adams' website to see more of her work.


Alexandra Tyng said...

This painting is absolutely top-notch!

Chagrin Highlands said...

This is gorgeous. Those feet are insanely good. Congratulations Leslie…on PSA and the museum acquisition. Totally deserved!