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Release No. COC-01.30.17-LisaAdams
January 30, 2017

Art Gallery Presents Lisa Adams’ ‘Sight Specific’

Photo of Lisa Adams' artworkThe College of the Canyons Art Gallery will showcase the work of Los Angeles painter Lisa Adams in the exhibition “Sight Specific,” opening Saturday, Feb. 11. 

The Gallery’s first exhibition for the spring semester, “Sight Specific” will feature 10 of Adams’ paintings created within the past three years.

“Lisa Adams has created her own, unique, visual language,” said Larry Hurst, COC Art Gallery director. “Using carefully chosen representational images along with a spare, almost minimal abstraction and a deft use of painterly techniques, she speaks of the big issues of life, especially as it pertains to the artist. This vision is certainly influenced by her studio practice deep within the heart of industrial Los Angeles.” 

Adams has worked on various public art projects in Los Angeles, such as the West Valley Branch Library in Reseda, the Chatsworth/Orange Line Metro Station, and Fire Station No. 64 in Watts. 

“I have long been interested in the interpretation of the natural world by an urban inhabitant; the collision of the human-built world and the natural world,” said Adams. “I imagine what that visually looks like in a metaphoric and poetic way. The embracing of dichotomies and resulting tensions, both beautiful and bereft, are critical to my work.” 

The exhibition “Sight Specific” will run through Thursday, March 23.

An artist’s reception will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.

A special conversation with the artist will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 9. 

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Those unable to visit the gallery during normal hours are welcome to contact the gallery to schedule a viewing appointment.

All gallery exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public. 

About the Artist 

Lisa Adams is an award-winning painter and public artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally. She has been an artist-in-residence in Slovenia, Finland, France, Holland, Japan and Costa Rica. 

Her work can be found in the collections of Eli Broad, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, the Laguna Museum of Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and the Edward Albee Foundation.

A Fulbright Professional Scholar Award winner, Adams also received the UCLA Instructor of the Year award in 1997.  

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Scripps College and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University. 

She is represented by CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles.