Clinton Adams Biography

Clinton Adams




Clinton Adams, artist, author, teacher, scholar, and lecturer, was born in Glendale, Californiaon December 11, 1918. He earned a B.A. in education and a M.A. in 1942 from UCLA and began teaching there in 1946. He also taught at the Otis Art Institute and went on to head the art departments at the University of Kentucky and University of Florida in Gainesville.

Adams was introduced to Lynton Kistler in 1948 and began producing lithographs in his commercial print shop. In 1959, he joined forces with artist June Wayne and the Tamarind Lithography Workshop was founded in Los Angeles in 1960 with Adams as associate director. He moved to Albuquerque in 1961 after accepting the position as dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico.

 Tamarind was moved to Albuquerque in 1970 and Adams became the Institute's director—a position he was to hold for fifteen years. He was very active as a writer, authoring numerous articles and books on lithography, including The Tamarind Book of Lithography: Art & Techniques and American Lithographers 1900-1960. His most recent book Printmaking in New Mexico 1880-1990 was published in 1991. Adams has earned many accolades and his work is held in public and private collections internationally.  

Clinton Adams died in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 13, 2002.