Adrienne Cullom Biography

Adrienne Cullom





Adrienne Cullom, printmaker, painter, and fiber artist, was born in Memphis, Tennessee on May 27, 1938. She studied at the Atlanta Art Institute in Georgia from 1956 to 1959 and, following her graduation, she traveled to Austria where she attended Vienna's Akademie fur Angewandte Kunst for one year. Receiving a scholarship from the French Government, she went to Paris, where she studied at Stanley William Hayter's Atelier 17 from 1961 to 1962.

Cullom met fellow artist Sergio Gonzales-Tornero at Atelier 17 and he followed her to Atlanta. They married, moved to a small railroad-flat apartment in Greenwich Village in New York, and raised a family. In New York, they continued their pursuit of printmaking by working at Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in lower Manhattan. In 1968, they moved into a house in Mahopac, New York, acquired from Sergio’s publisher in exchange for prints, and set up their print shop.

She is a master of the burin, engraving very intricate plates. Her earliest prints were in black and white but she eventually began to explore the use of color. In the 1970s, Cullom began creating hand-dyed, intricately knotted fiber masks, and currently pursues both printmaking and mask weaving. In 1983, she participated in a summer exhibition at the Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia, the Boston Printmakers National Exhibition, and she had a solo exhibition at the Silvermine Center for the Arts in New Canaan, Connecticut. In 1985, her engraving Contemporaries was offered as an Associate Membership Print by the Society of American Graphic Artists.

Cullom and Gonzales-Tornero had a two person show in 2012 at the Marina Gallery in Cold Spring, New York. She exhibited her knotted fiber masks while he showed his modernist paintings.

Adrienne Cullom is a member of and exhibits with the Boston Printmakers, the Putnam Arts Council, the Silvermine Guild of Artists, and the Society of American Graphic Artists. She was awarded an Honorable Mention at both the Boston Printmakers National Exhibition in 1972 and the National Arts Club National Exhibition in 1975. In 1995 she received the First Honorable Mention and, in 1997, the Best in Show from the Putnam Arts Council Exhibition in Mahopac, New York. Her work is represented in the High Museum of Art.