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Adam Gabriel Winnie is a trans-diciplinary artist and recent graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Adam was born in 1981 in Wayne, Michigan to a working class family. After setting out on his own at the age of 17 and moving around the state, Adam settled in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His first solo exhibition, 'Segments, Squares, Orange' premiered at the Dreamland Theater in 2003 and since then he has held 9 other solo exhibits and has been in over 20 group shows.
During his time in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Adam studied photography and welding at Washtenaw Community College. During this period he recognized the cultural importance of promoting the arts within the community and founded student organizations, curated exhibitions, co-founded 'Natural Canvasâ€ť, a local art and music venue and was president and cofounder of Atomic Art Cooperative, a local nonprofit arts organization.
Adam's early work began as a critique on sociopolitical issues which threatened humanist tendencies. These raw, anti-authoritarian works took on the forms of complex assemblages and multimedia installations. As his interest in integrating processes evolved, he began work on what would be a 7 year year project incorporating glass photographs into sculptures. These works explored existential struggles which result from the search for personal identity amidst external influences. Adam's current body of figurative paintings and drawings explore issues concerning our contemporary human condition.
'My paintings are open narratives which operate as existent features of inevitable personal and private conflicts. The protagonists of these works exist within staged situations which visually define, through personal experience and social precedence, the inescapability of drama and our essential illness. There are no beginnings or endings, no solutions are offered and no utopia is alluded to. Rather, they question what it is that makes us who we are and take into account the inherent presence of confirmation bias which distorts cognition differently from person to person. Through ambiguity and a sense of melancholy the resulting allegories demonstrate the failure of words to adequately communicate and the unbreachable nature of the private experience.' -Adam Gabriel Winnie
2012 B.F.A. summa cum laude, Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah, GA
2008 A.A.S. Photography, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI
2006-08 President / Co-Founder / Event Coordinator, Atomic Art Cooperative, Ann Arbor, MI
2004-06 Gallery Director/Co-Founder, Natural Canvas Gallery and Studios, Ann Arbor, MI
AWARDS / HONORS / SCHOLARSHIPS
2013 Desotorow Gallery Exhibition Fellowship
2012 Sylvia White Gallery Summer Juried Exhibition (1st Place)
Graduating Senior Juried Exhibition (3rd Place, Honorable Mention)
Michael P. Archer Memorial Scholarship
2011 SCAD Foundation Studies Portfolio Award (Exhibition Winner)
2010 Foundation Studies Honor’s Exhibition (Finalist)
MYARTSPACE Art Scholarship (Finalist)
SCAD Foundation Studies Portfolio Award (Finalist)
2009-12 SCAD Dean’s List
SCAD Academic Honors Scholarship
SCAD Artistic Honors Scholarship
SCAD Student Grant
SCAD Student Opportunity Scholarship
2009 International Art Material Trade Association NAMTA Foundation Scholarship
Jan-Ai Foundation Scholarship
Photographer’s Forum, “Best of College Photography” (Finalist)
L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future (Semi-Finalist)
2008 South University Art Fair (Emerging Artist)
2006-08 University of Michigan, Pierpont Commons Juried Solo Exhibition (Winner)
2010 Member, Sculpture Forum, Savannah College of Art & Design
2004-05 Founder / President, Washtenaw Artist Collective, Washtenaw Community College
2002-04 Founder / President, Washtenaw Gallery Group, Washtenaw Community College
2013 Beyond Self, New Drawings by Adam Gabriel Winnie, Desotorow Gallery, Savannah, GA
Adam Gabriel Winnie, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA
2012 Works on Glass, Little Beasts Gallery, Savannah, GA
2009 New Works in Portraiture, Da Vinci’s Salon and Gallery, Savannah, GA
2008 Hell Follows a Pale Horse, Pierpont Commons Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
2007 Portraits of Strange Influence, Pierpont Commons Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
2006 A Prelude to Frail Minds and Flesh, Babs’ Underground, Ann Arbor, MI
Man as MonoChrome, Dungeon Studio, Ann Arbor, MI
2004 Interpretations of the Infinite Moment, Gallery 555, Ypsilanti, MI
False Gods and the White Picket Fence Syndrome, Dreamland Theater, Ypsilanti, MI
2003 Segments, Squares, Orange, Dreamland Theater, Ypsilanti, MI
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013 Curious Deviations, Non-Fiction Gallery, Savannah, GA
Interpretations of Savannah, The Grand Bohemian Gallery, Mansion at Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA
Big Bad Print and Posters Show, Gallery Le Snoot, Savannah, GA
Rum Eyes and Crows Feet / Grand Opening, Gallery Sicky Nar Nar, Savannah, GA
2012 Summer Juried Exhibition, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, California
Graduating Senior Juried Exhibition, SCAD Alexander Hall, Savannah, GA
My·o·pi·a /is ürˈ ōpēə/, Ashmore Gallery, Savannah, GA
2010 Foundation Studies Honor Exhibition, SCAD Wallin Hall, Savannah, GA
2009 Ensnared, Gallery 2422, Savannah, GA
Show and Tell, Desotorow Gallery, Savannah, GA
Visual Story Telling, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI
2008 Exchange, Scene Metrospace, East Lansing, MI
Transparent, Scene Metrospace, East Lansing, MI
2007 Bizarre Bazaar, Dreamland Theater, Ypsilanti, MI
Community Retorted, Dreamland Theater, Ypsilanti, MI
2006 Dirty Show 7.5, Bert’s Warehouse Theater, Detroit, MI
The m.i.n.i Show,Dreamland Theater, Ypsilanti, MI
2005 Circus Detroit, Camilo Pardo Gallery, Detroit, MI
2004 What! Two Man Show, Dreamland Theater, Ypsilanti, MI
SELECTED CURATED EXHIBITIONS
2012 My·o·pi·a /is ürˈ ōpēə/, Ashmore Gallery, Savannah, GA
2008 Yesterdays Dream, Andrews, Ypsilanti, MI
Genesis: Art and Music Benefit for Environmental House, 824 Main St. Ann Arbor, MI
2007 Lobby Art Show, TC’s, Ypsilanti, MI
Fall Out Fest, Atomic Art Cooperative, Ann Arbor, MI
Bizarre Bazaar, Dreamland Theater, Ypsilanti, MI
Explosive, The Ugly Mug, Ypsilanti, MI
2006 Installation-Pop-Aesthetics, Natural Canvas Gallery and Studios, Ann Arbor, MI
2005 Urban Decay / Decor, Natural Canvas Gallery and Studios, Ann Arbor, MI
1st Annual College Invitational, Natural Canvas Gallery and Studios, Ann Arbor, MI
Nickelodeon, Natural Canvas Gallery and Studios, Ann Arbor, MI
Grand Opening Exhibition, Natural Canvas Gallery and Studios, Ann Arbor, MI
2004 We are the Future, Gallery 555, Ypsilanti, MI
What! Two Man Show, Dreamland Theater, Ypsilanti, MI
2009 Serbin, Glen R., 'Finalists / Color.' Best of College Photography, 2009.
Santa Barbara, CA: Photographer's Forum, 135, Photo.
Cantu, John Carlos, “From satire to fantasy, the image tells the story”, The Ann Arbor News, May 9th.
Valle, Robert del, “Adam Supplied the Names”, Real Detroit Weekly, May 6th, 17.
DuMouchel, Leah, “Hair-raising Art”, The Ann Arbor News, May 9th, pg. A2.
2008 Valle, Robert del, “Nuclear”, Real Detroit Weekly, Vol. 9, No. 47, January 30th.
Valle, Robert del, “The Lamparski Question”, Real Detroit Weekly, Vol. 9, No. 44, January 9th, 56.
Bunch, Ryan, “A ‘thank you’ in portraiture”, Current Magazine, Vol. 20, No. 3, January, 68, Photo.
Jelinek, Liz, “A new look at a classical story”, The Voice, Vol. 15, No. 3, October 6th, 10, Photo.
2007 Keshavan, Megan, “Bizarre Bazaar”, Metro Times, July 18th, pg. 38, Photo.
2006 Valle, Robert del, “We decided to go with it”, Real Detroit Weekly, Vol. 8, No.6, April 19th, 10.
Doster, Eve, “A Prelude to Frail Minds and Flesh”, Metro Times, August 16th 44, Photo.
Valle, Robert del, “Like I Could Refuse Babs’ Anything”, Real Detroit Weekly, Vol. 8, No. 25. 2005
Bien, Laura, “The Many Arts of Natural Canvas”, Ann Arbor Observer, March.
2004 Doster, Eve, “False Gods and the White Picket Fence Syndrome, Metro Times, August 25th, 43, Photo.
Doster, Eve, “What: Two Man Show”, Metro Times, January 7th, pg. 32.
Rite, Miranda, “Say Cheese”, Real Detroit Weekly, Vol. 5, No. 43, January 7th.
2003 Doster, Eve, “A Base in Chaos”, Metro Times, July 16th, pg. 32, Photo.
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