China Adams

Assistant Professor of Teaching, Art and Design

China Adams is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work merges written documentation with object making.  She relies on a range of materials, frequently repurposed ones.  Her large scale drawings also examine the play between art and document. She has exhibited internationally, and has had several solo shows at Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, and The Porch Gallery, Ojai. Public collections include the Berkeley Art Museum, Orange County Art Museum and the Carnegie Art Museum. In 2018 Adams coordinated a month long collaboration with 80 other artists, Massage Generated Energy Drawings, which examined the process of generating and exchanging positive energy.  Most recently, Adams has been making large scale landscape drawings that develop out of long walks, in different regions of the west, where rock walls define the landscape.  Rock walls tie into many of the themes, that inform Adams’ work.  They inevitably act as fortresses.  Secrecy, privacy, and multi-faceted character pervades much of Adams’ past work; exploring it symbolically through drawings of rock walls, is a logical progression.  Born in 1970 in San Francisco, Adams earned her BFA from UCLA and MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Since 2009, she has been a lecturer at USC Roski School of Art & Design. As a curator, Adams’ exhibitions have received critical acclaim.Adams lives and works in Los Angeles.