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Shelby Lee Adams

Biography

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.