In her photography, Catherine Michele Adams seeks out the abandoned, the remnant, and the often-quiet evidence of those who pass through such spaces so to induce visual meditations on community and civilization.  With a worldview shaped by art historical study and extensive travel, Catherine believes in the relevance and continuance of history for beginning to understand communities and cultures now, especially those in danger of being forgotten in the rush to a new geo-political future.  With this in mind, Catherine inaugurated in 2018 a long-term exploration of the New Silk Road.  This work in progress follows thematic routes into the communities, disquiets, and transformations of the Middle East, Eurasia, and Central Asia. The work seeks out the vestiges of societies both small or imperial, homing in on the intersections of often spectral pasts and the new contemporary realities.  Her work is represented by Joy Reed Belt (JRB Art at the Elms) in Oklahoma City.  Since 2005, she has exhibited in group and solo shows across the United States, and 2019 will see her first solo show in Europe via Rome.
In 2019 Catherine will continue projects in the Caucuses and Uzbekistan, as well as initiate work around the Caspian and Black Seas and along the north-south spine of western Russia. 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020
May–August 2020: "On the Route to Calamities: Stories from the New Silk Road."  Biggin Gallery, Auburn University. Auburn, Alabama
TBA 2020: "On the Route to Ruins: Baalbek to Bukhara." JRB Art at The Elms, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2019
October 2019: "The Reflective Gleam: Paris & the Île-de-France." JRB Art at The Elms. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Autumn 2019: "Chernobyl Zone." TAG – Tevere Art Gallery. Rome, Italy
2018
July 2018: "The Acute Charm of Ruin & Development: Photographs from Cuba." JRB Art at The Elms. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2015
August 2015: "Alternative Process Photography." JRB Art at The Elms. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 
2013
April 2013: "April In Paris: Alternative Process Photography." JRB Art at The Elms. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2012
Summer 2012: "Italian Hours: Cyanotypes, Vandyke brownprints, and POP prints." Iowa Hall, Kirkwood Community College. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Exhibition in its entirety collected by Kirkwood Community College)
2011
June 2011: "Roman Holiday." Art on Park Gallery, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, Minnesota
2004
November 2004: "Triptychs and Bodies of Stone." Galleries Downtown. Iowa City, Iowa 
2003
October 2003: "The Fête to the Fall: Photographs." Drewelowe Gallery, University of Iowa. Iowa City, Iowa

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018
December 7 – 22, 2018: "Transformation." Re:Artiste Arts Organization. MC Gallery. New York, New York. Selection from "Land Strategies — Kyzylkum Desert, Uzbekistan."
October 27 – November 24: "LORE: Exploring Fear." Specto Art Space. Bridgewater, Virginia. Selection from "On the Route to Calamities, Part 1: Here They Lay."
October 20 – 25: "Il Mostro #11." TAG – Tevere Art Gallery. Rome, Italy. Selection from "On the Route to Calamities, Part 3: Zonal Tableaux."
October 5 – December 9: "Ancien Régime: the pre-revolutionary world." Village West Gallery. Jersey City, New Jersey. Selection from "The Glaucous Gleam: Paris & Versailles."
October 2018: "Poetics of Light." Black Box Gallery. Portland, Oregon. Selection from "On the Route to Ruins: Baalbek to Bukhara.”
September 27 – October 12: "Show Your World 2018." Re:Artiste Arts Organization. MC Gallery. New York, New York. Selection from "Land Strategies — Rope Road (Chiatura, Georgia).”
July 2018: "Camera Work: Landscape and Architecture." Black Box Gallery. Portland, Oregon. Selection from "Land Strategies — Rope Road (Chiatura, Georgia).”
2014
November 2014: “10th Annual National Alternative Process Competition.” SohoPhoto Gallery. New York, New York
2013
February 2013: “Methods (Alternative).” The Kiernan Gallery. (Juror: Christopher James). Lexington, Virginia 
2011
February 2011: “Along the Way.” Carlander Gallery, Paradise Center for the Arts. Faribault, Minnesota 
2010
October 2010: “Alternatives: Unconventional & Uncommon Processes.” Minneapolis Photo Center. Minneapolis, Minnesota
October 2010: “Group Show.” Fleur de Lis Art Gallery. Bemidji, Minnesota
September 2010: “PhotoMidwest 2010 Seven State Exhibition.” The Center for Photography at Madison and the University of Wisconsin. Madison, Wisconsin. 3rd Place Award
2005
April 2005: “Erotic Art.” Galleries Downtown. Iowa City, Iowa. 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

GALLERY REPRESENTATION
JRB Art at the Elms, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

PUBLICATIONS, WRITING, PRESENTATIONS, AWARDS
2019
(Winter–Publication date TBA) Corridor Éléphant. Selection from “On the Route to Ruins: Baalbek to Bukhara.” http://www.corridorelephant.com
2018
August-September 2018: F-Stop Photographic Magazine: The Land, Sea, Air Issue (#90). Selection from “Landscapes of Work & Stewardship: Petra, Jordan, 2018.” http://www.fstopmagazine.com
July 7, 2018: Artist Talk, “Ruin & Development: A Photographer’s Approach to Havana, Cuba.” JRB Art at the Elms, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
April-May 2018: F-Stop Photographic Magazine: The Open Theme Issue (#88). Selection from “On the Route to Ruins: Baalbek to Bukhara.” http://www.fstopmagazine.com
2013
April 2013: Artist Gallery Talk, "Home-Ec Practices: Cyanotype and Vandyke brownprint”
February 2013: Methods (Alternative). The Kiernan Gallery Exhibition Catalogue Vol. XIV (Blurb, 2013)—Cover and Plate. 
2012
November 2012: Artist Lecture, "Vandyke brownprints and POP (Printing Out Process) prints," School of Art and Art History, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
2011 
June 2011: Artist Talk: “Alternative Process Photographic Printing," Art on Park, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
2010
August 2010: "Italian Portfolio," Black and White Photography Magazine, Merit Award
September 2010: “PhotoMidwest 2010 Seven State Exhibition.” The Center for Photography at Madison and the University of Wisconsin. Juried show. Madison, Wisconsin, 3rd Place Award
"InDialogue: Catherine Michele Adams and J.C. Hallman." A dialogue on the relationship between photography and writing. InDigest Magazine (http link no longer active)

EDUCATION
2005
—A.B.D. in Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; University of Iowa Fellow; Area of Major Concentration: 20th-century Art; Area of Minor Concentration: 18th-century Art; Comprehensive Exams: 2000; Dissertation Project: Annette Messager: Lost in References
1997
—M.A. in Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; Thesis: Fiber to Art to Fashion: Fabrications of Internationalisms
1994—B.A. in Art, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana; Valedictorian; Concentrations: Art History and Women's Studies; Honor's Thesis: Feminine Enclosures: Ideological and Physical Constructions of Femininity in Victorian Painting

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