BIO
Having lived in and traveled throughout North America, Europe, Eurasia, and South Asia over the past twenty-five years, Catherine Michele Adams uses photography to induce visual meditations on civilization.  Her work seeks out the vestiges of societies both small or imperial, often honing in on the intersections of that past and a new contemporary reality.  The relationship between land and built environments, the rise of international tourism as economic boon to struggling countries, and the resilience of myths in the creation of identity are themes that guide her photographic eye.  Since 2005, she has exhibited photography in group and solo shows in the United States and, more recently, abroad in Europe.  Since 2011, she has been represented by Joy Reed Belt (JRB Art at the Elms) in Oklahoma City.  

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020
TBA 2020: On the Route to Ruins: Baalbek to Bukhara. JRB Art at The Elms, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2019
Date TBA 2019: The Reflective Gleam: Paris & the Île-de-France. JRB Art at The Elms, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Date TBA 2019: Chernobyl Zone. TAG – Tevere Art Gallery, Rome, Italy
2018

July 2018: 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, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, Minnesota

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018
December 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. Juried Show (Juror: Christopher James). Lexington, Virginia 
2011
February 2011: Along the Way. Carlander Gallery, Paradise Center for the Arts. Curated show. Faribault, Minnesota 
2010


October 2010: Alternatives: Unconventional & Uncommon Processes. Minneapolis Photo Center. Juried show. Minneapolis, Minnesota


October 2010: Fleur de Lis Art Gallery. Curated Show. Bemidji, Minnesota

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
2005
April 2005: Erotic Art. Galleries Downtown. Juried show. Iowa City, Iowa. 
2004


November 2004: Triptychs and Bodies of Stone. Solo Show. Galleries Downtown. Iowa City, Iowa 
2003


October 2003: The Fête to the Fall: Photographs. Solo Show. Drewelowe Gallery, University of Iowa. 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
(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 (#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 (#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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