Velma Adams (1902-1990) was an American lithographer, etcher, engraver, painter, and sculptor. She was born to Robert Lee
Adams and Myrtle Elizabeth (Turner) Adams in Fruita, Colorado 1902 April 4. She attended high school at Northeast High School
in Kansas City, Missouri. Adams studied art at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California, the Art Students’ League
in New York, and the Grand Central School in New York. Her teachers included Julia Bracken Wendt, Merrell Gage, F. Tolles
Chamberlin, Loren Barton, and George Biddle.
In 1935, Velma Adams accompanied Dr. Frederick Hodge, director of the Southwest Museum, on a camping trip through the southwestern
states of America. During this time, Adams produced numerous sketches of the landscapes and people she encountered. She also
attended the 1935 Intertribal Council ceremonies at Gallup, New Mexico.
Velma Adams was active in many art associations including the Printmakers Society of California, the California Society of
Etchers, the Southern Printmakers Society, the California Art Club, theWomen Painters of theWest, the Los Angeles Art Association,
and the Friday Morning Club. In the California Art Club, Adams served as print curator (1939-1940), recording secretary (1943),
and was on the board of directors in 1945. She served as the associate chairman of art in 1944 for the Friday Morning Club.
Adams’ artwork was exhibited at the Appalachian Museum of Art in Mt. Airy, Georgia, the Los Angeles County Museum of Science
and Arts, the California Art Club (1935, 1938), the San Gabriel Artists Guild (1938), the Ebell Salon (1938), the Southwest
Museum (1939, 1946), Frances Webb Galleries (1939), the Friday Morning Club (1944), Polytechnic High School (1946), and Occidental
College (1946). Adams also received awards from the
California Society of Etchers, the California Art Club, the Otis Institute Alumni Association, the Southern Printmakers Society,
and the Women Painters of the West. Adams remained active in Los Angeles until the early 1960s. Adams passed away 1990 November
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