PEMBROKE — “Its Honor is Hereby Pledged,” a solo exhibition featuring the work of renowned contemporary artist Gina Adams, will be on display at the A.D. Gallery at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke through Oct. 22.
The exhibition consists of four works from her Broken Treaty Quilts series and six Ancestor Prism Beadwork prints. Adams’ cross-media studio work includes the reuse of antique quilts and broken treaties between the United States and American Indian tribes, sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking and drawing. She is a descendant of both indigenous (Ojibwe) and colonial Americans.
In 2015, the noted international art critic Lucy Lippard wrote the introduction to her solo exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, which launched her art career with the Broken Treaty Quilts Series. In 2017, Adams presented and exhibited at the American Indian Workshop Conference at Goldsmiths College, University of London, England, and was included in “Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly,” curated by Risa Puleo, which traveled to six museums including the Bemis Center of Contemporary Art. Adams has been selected for such prestigious awards and fellowships as the SARF Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Dartmouth College Artist-in-Residence program and the Kohler Arts Industry/Residency. In 2019, Adams had solo exhibitions at the CU Art Museum in Boulder, Colorado, and Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, in addition to group exhibitions at numerous other museums.
Adams’ formal education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maine College of Art and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas. She currently holds a tenure track assistant professor position at Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
“I am fascinated by stories passed down, both from my own familiar heritage and those told by others,” Adams said. “I believe that the passing down of memories is what keeps our genetic heritage alive. I am interested in, and seek out others, who have a similar story to tell, and I immerse myself in their shadows. I do so in order to tell my story more clearly, and doing so, helps to clarify what I want the work to say visually.”
The A.D. Gallery is located in Locklear Hall. The hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact A.D. Gallery Director Joseph Begnaud at 910-521-6405 or email [email protected]