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Shelby Lee Adams


Shelby Lee Adams is renowned for his environmental portraiture, primarily from the Appalachian mountains and hollows of eastern Kentucky. Adams’ work has been featured in four monographs: Appalachian Portraits (1993), Appalachian Legacy (1998), and Appalachian Lives (2003) and most recently Salt & Truth which was published by Candela Books in 2011. Adams has received numerous grants and awards. Most recently, Adams was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010.

Adams’ work is represented in many major permanent collections; including the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York.