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Kenneth Adkins
Omaha, Nebraska

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Building Manager

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Kenneth Adkins confronts and responds to socio-psychological questions and afflictions.The movement between frantic and stable is evident is his paintings. One painting may be seen as brooding while the other schizophrenic. Through the use of non-traditional materials and methods, his paintings and sculptures document and preserve ideas, observations, and situations of the human condition.

Several bodies of work are produced simultaneously. Though the pieces within one set are almost always drastically different from works of another in regards to imagery and composition, common threads are found linking the bodies of work together as a whole.

Adkins employs a wide range of traditional materials alongside layered mixed media applications such as news print, clothing, and house paint. Weathered textures and historical sensibilities are trademarks of his work. Attention to texture, color, and space within a composition are consistent with all bodies of work.

Kenneth Adkins was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1975. His works have been purchased for the permanent collections of The Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska and the Salford Zine Library in Manchester, United Kingdom, as well as the private collection of Jun Kaneko.





born: 1975, Omaha, NE




selected awards/honors



selected solo or two-person exhibits

The Belfry: New Work, Hornell, NY, 2015
Sweatshop Gallery: Sealed With A Kiss: 2005-2010, Omaha, NE, 2015



selected group shows

The Art House and Arts on Elston: Art by America, A National Review of Two-Dimensional Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, 2015
Michael Phipps Gallery in the W. Dale Clark Omaha Public Library: Survey of Omaha artists, Omaha, NE, 2014



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