Velma Adams Biography

Velma Adams




Velma Adams was born on a ranch in Fruita, CO, on April 4, 1902. Adams' father was president of the Fruita Mercantile Company. The family moved to Kansas City, Missouri when she was a girl. Velma settled in Los Angeles as a teenager in 1920. She studied locally at the Otis Art Institute and continued in New York at the Art Students League and Grand Central School of Art. She further studied with F. Tolles Chamberlin, George Biddle, Leo Katz, and with her close friend Julia B. Wendt. She was active in Los Angeles through the 1970s.

Most of her subject matter is Indian and western themes. She exhibited at: Calif. Art Club, 1924-49 (awards); Nat'l Small Sculptures Contest, 1928 (award); LA County Fair, 1929; Bullock’s (LA), 1933; Calif. Society of Etchers, 1930s; Palos Verdes Public Library, 1937; Southwest Museum (LA), 1939; GGIE, 1939; Ebell Club (LA), 1939, 1948 (awards); Southern PMs, 1941 (award); Otis Art Inst., 1941-45; Women Painters of the West, 1944 (award); League of Pen Women, 1949. In: Southwest Museum (LA); LACMA.

Velma Adams died in Los Angeles, California on November 13,1990.