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Atticus Adams

Atticus Adams

Pittsburgh, PA

Atticus Adams

Atticus Adams grew up in the mountains of Appalachia, steeped in traditional folk art.  Several members of his family were self-taught artists, deeply involved in such crafts as wood carving and quilting.  “Making tangible objects is definitely part of my family heritage,” he says.  “I come from a tradition of using basic, easily available materials for creative outlets.”

Metal mesh is at the core of Adams’ art making.  The tactile nature of the material harkens back to childhood summers going in and out of his grandmother's screen door.

Fast Facts

Name: Atticus Samsell Adams


Place of Birth: John Day, Oregon

West Virginia University, 1985, BS Pharm

Significant or special training:
Harvard, Yale School of Art, and Rhode Island School of Art 

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Daphne Fitzpatrick at Yale School of Art

Particular field of study or class work:
Graphic design, studio arts, architecture

Major influences/admired artists:
Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, El Anatsui, Kara Walker, Kerry James Marshall

Favorite materials or media:
Metal mesh

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