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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl Competes in ArtPrize Nine

Posted August 1, 2017

A drawing by Leslie Adams is competing in ArtPrize® Seven, the largest art competiiton in the world, between September 20 – October 8, 2017. ArtPrize is a radically open international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury that takes place each fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Over 1300 art entries from all over the world cover three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids — and it’s all free and open to the public. Leslie Adams is one of the artists competing for the highest prize in any art competition. Each year, ArtPrize awards $500,000 in prizes. Tens of thousands in additional grants—through programs like Artist Seed Grants and Pitch Night—are awarded to participating artists each year. Leslie’s award winning drawing, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl, created for her solo exhibition, Leslie Adams, Drawn from Life, at the Toledo Museum of Art, will be shown at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum during ArtPrize this year. Leslie has devoted her entire career to portraying the cultural, academic, medical, judicial, religious, and corporate and civic leaders of our day, so the Gerald R. Ford Museum is the perfect venue for her work! 

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“Women Painting Women: In Earnest” Opens at the Customs House Museum

Posted August 1, 2017

The Purity of Imagination and Color, a painting by Leslie Adams, is included in Women Painting Women: In Earnest at the Customs House Museum in Clarksvile, Tennessee. "It is an exhibition that honors the human spirit and shares the thoughtful and unique vision of artists who explore the complexity of being a woman today. Each artist looks beyond the surface of her subject, beyond mere replication of the physical world before her, in search of deeper realities," states Alia El-Bermani and Diane Feissel, two of the co-founders of Women Painting Women, an online blog begun in 2009 and the curators of the exhibition. This exhibtion will be shown at the Customs House Museum from August 4  through October 1, 2017 before it travels to J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas from October 18 through December 16th, 2017. 

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The Art of Life Included in “Ohio Arts Councils Riffe Gallery 2017 Biennial Juried Exhibition”

Posted July 24, 2017

The Ohio Arts Councils Riffe Gallery 2017 Biennial Juried Exhibition opens in the OAC Riffe Gallery on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 with a public reception from 5 pm to 7 pm. 

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Seven Former House Speakers Get Official Portraits At The Statehouse

Posted May 23, 2017

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and the Capitol Square Foundation unveiled the portraits of seven former speakers of the Ohio House of Representatives in a ceremony held in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse.  The leaders, along with their families, friends and colleagues, were there for the unveiling of their portraits. Former Speaker Bill Batchelder, a Republican from Medina, Ohio, who served from 2011-2015, was very pleased with his portrait by Leslie Adams. “Oh, it’s beautiful. It’s just beautiful. As a matter of fact, I don’t look that good.” The event brought 50 years of legislative leadership together on Capitol Square and was standing room only. The program culminated with the unveiling of all seven portraits simultaneously. “The seven portraits broaden the scope and artistic diversity of the Ohio Statehouse’s art collection instantly. These works of art will inspire and educate future leaders of Ohio for generations to come,” said CSRAB Executive Director, Laura Battocletti. Leslie Adams' portrait of Speaker Batchehelder, her eighth portrait included in the permanent collection of the Ohio Statehosue, was unveiled along with portraits by Daniel E. Greene and Ned Bittinger.

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Portrait Unveiled of Former Senate President Faber

Posted January 26, 2017

The portrait of Former Senate President Keith Faber was unveiled at a ceremony attended by hundreds in the Atrium at the Ohio Statehouse. Leslie Adams, who attended the ceremony, pubically thanked Presdeitn Faber as well as his family who helped put the finishing touches on the work. Additional attendees and speakers included House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, current Senate President Larry Obhof, former Representative Jim Buchy, Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer, and family and friends of Faber. The oil painting, commissioned by the  Capital Square Review and Advisory Board, will hang in the Ohio Senate Building, adjacent to the Ohio Statehouse and is Adams' seventh portrait included in the Statehouse permanent collection. 

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Portrait Dedication Ceremony for Senate President Keith Faber

Posted January 25, 2017

Following decades of tradition, the official portrait painting of outgoing Ohio Senate President Keith Faber by Leslie Adams was unveiled at a ceremony in the Ohio State House.

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ArtPrize Artist Describes Meeting Donald Trump During His Grand Rapids Visit

Posted September 30, 2016

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Handwritten Dreams on WZZM, Grand Rapids

Posted September 23, 2016

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Handwritten Dreams Unveiled during ArtPrize Eight at the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum

Posted September 21, 2016

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Portrait of Archbishop Leonard P. Blair unveiled at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral

Posted April 11, 2016

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Salmagundi Club, New York, New York; International 2014-2015 Salon Exhibition

Posted January 20, 2016

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European Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, Spain;” International ARC Salon Exhibition”

Posted November 20, 2015

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Gerald Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan; ArtPrize® Seven

Posted September 23, 2015

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Drawing by Leslie Adams competing at ArtPrize® Seven

Posted September 22, 2015

A drawing by Leslie Adams is competing in ArtPrize® Seven, the largest art competiiton in the world, between September 23 – October 11, 2015. ArtPrize is a radically open international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury that takes place each fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Over 1300 art entries from all over the world cover three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids — and it’s all free and open to the public. Leslie Adams is one of the artists competing for the highest prize in any art competition. Each year, ArtPrize awards $500,000 in prizes. Tens of thousands in additional grants—through programs like Artist Seed Grants and Pitch Night—are awarded to participating artists each year. Leslie’s monumental drawing, The Art of Life, created for her solo exhibition, Leslie Adams, Drawn from Life, at the Toledo Museum of Art, will be shown at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum during ArtPrize this year. Leslie has devoted her entire career to portraying the cultural, academic, medical, judicial, religious, and corporate and civic leaders of our day, so the Gerald R. Ford Museum is the perfect venue for her work! 

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Leslie Adams awarded Signature Status in the Portrait Society of America

Posted April 25, 2015

Leslie Adams has received the honorary designation of Signature Status member of the Portrait Society of America.  Signature Status recognizes those practicing and accomplished artists who are dedicated to the educational mission and high aesthetic standards of the Portrait Society of America. The artist's work must consistently demonstrate a high level of skill and sophistication of aesthetics.This honorary status grants the right to use the initials of the organization - Portrait Society Signature - on all personally created works as an indication of the harmonious high standards and goals, to create, to advance, and to share. There are only twelve recipients of this prestigious honor. Adams received the award at the Portrait Society of America's annual international Art of the Portrait conference in Atlanta. 

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Art Renewal Center, “International 2014-2015 Salon Exhibition”

Posted April 13, 2015

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Unveiling of President Lloyd Jacobs

Posted April 8, 2015

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Westminster Kennel Club

Posted February 13, 2015

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The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; 78th Annual National Midyear Exhibition

Posted July 27, 2014

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Richeson Gallery, Kimberly, Wisconsin; Richeson 75, Portrait and Figure Competition Exhibition

Posted June 3, 2014

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YWCA 2014 Milestones Honoree

Posted March 1, 2014

YWCA Announces 2014 Milestones Honorees

Posted January 19, 2014

At a morning press conference, Lisa McDuffie, YWCA President and CEO, announced the 2014 Honorees for the YWCA Milestones: A Tribute to Women annual award. Leslie Adams was chosen to receive the prominent award in the category of Arts. This marks the 19th year that the YWCA of Northwest Ohio has recognized extraordinary women in the community who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and contributed to the empowerment of women. “The members of the YWCA and I are honored to recognize these outstanding women with this prestigious award,” said McDuffie. “We invite the community to join us for this awards luncheon and help us pay tribute to this year’s Milestones Honorees.” The YWCA 19th Annual Milestones: A Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon will be held at the SeaGate Convention Center, Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

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Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery’s “Outwin Boochever Portrait Exhibition” To Close

Posted January 18, 2014

Explore the third installation of the “Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition” closing February 23rd! Forty-eight extraordinary figurative artist’s works, including Sensazione: A Self Portrait by Ohio artist Leslie Adams, were selected by a panel of jurors to be on display. More than 3,000 entries were received to be judged in the nation’s most prestigious portrait competition. Submissions included a variety of media ranging from traditional oil paintings and drawings, to contemporary works created from rice, glitter, thread and video. An 80-page publication illustrating each of the 48 finalists’ works is available in the museum store.  It includes an essay by Mary Sheriff; the W.R. Kenan, Jr. distinguished Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Of Adams’ work in the exhibition, Sherriff writes, “…two artists take on the past quite directly. In Sensazione: A Self-Portrait, Leslie Adams positions herself between the past and the present, drawing on the longstanding convention of showing oneself at the easel surrounded by symbolic objects…Adams raises self-portraiture to allegory and manifesto, claiming a relation between art and science as intellectual, image-making activities that engage senses, brains, and hands.” In the Culture Spectator, K. Mitchell Snow discusses Sensazione as a “particularly compelling example of this union of technical virtuosity and contemporary reality. The artist’s profile is stunningly lit, illuminated by a medical light box behind her which holds image scans of a human brain.  Partially obscured in the shadows on the table before her is a self portrait of Leonardo da Vinci.  If he would have been mystified by the technology it represents, he certainly would have understood the message conveyed by the cross-sections of the human brain that illuminate the room.” Tour the exhibition, listen to interviews, and get inside information with the OBPC mobile app!  Available for iOS and Android.  Download the app at npg.si.edu/app. The exhibition will be on display through February 23, 2014. 

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Painting Of The Ohio Statehouse By Leslie Adams Unveiled As Official Holiday Card

Posted December 12, 2013

The Holiday Festival, by Leslie Adams, of Toledo, has been chosen as the official image for the Ohio Statehouse holiday card and ornament. The oil painting was inspired by last year’s Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting ceremony held the evening of December 2, 2012. It depicts the Ohio Statehouse, beautifully lit and adorned with holiday wreathes and ribbons, with families entering the capital to celebrate the holiday. Cards and ornaments are available in the Ohio Statehouse Museum Store.

Portrait of President Donna M. Randall Presented to Albion College

Posted November 3, 2013

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The Figure

Posted August 3, 2013

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Leslie Adams Wins Draper Award in International Portrait Competition

Posted April 3, 2013

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Toledo Museum of Art Extends “Leslie Adams: Drawn from Life Exhibition”

Posted January 3, 2013

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Portrait of Ohio Senate President Unveiled at Ohio Statehouse

Posted December 16, 2012

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Art Renewal Center Announces Winners in International Salon Exhibition

Posted December 3, 2012

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“Leslie Adams: Drawn from Life” Opens at the Toledo Museum of Art

Posted October 19, 2012

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Limited Edition Print by Leslie Adams Available at Museum Store

Posted October 18, 2012

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Self-Portrait by Leslie Adams Receives top awards in Toledo Museum of Art Exhibition

Posted August 1, 2011

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Solo Exhibition Opens at Flatlanders Art Gallery

Posted June 3, 2011

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