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I have always been drawn to the sense of touch. I often find myself using my hands to negotiate the spatial and tactile relationship between my body and its surroundings. This has led me to explore woodcarving and metalsmithing as my primary methods of making. I rely on the familiarity of utilitarian objects such as vessels and jewelry to invite the viewer to have an intimate interaction with my work. Through that close encounter I hope to have a dialogue about issues surrounding the body and sexuality. I believe that categorical systems which favor binary relationships, such as male/female, are permeable. I hope that by exploring these topics the viewer might be encouraged to question the categorical structure of our society, and open themselves up to a more ambiguous reality.

Adam Atkinson is an artist currently seeking his MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He uses adornment and craft based media to explore concepts of identity, sexuality, and the body. His work currently focuses on the deconstruction and examination of gendered objects with the hope of exposing gender constructs. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.


2016                Master of Fine Art, Visual Art: Metal Design, Anticipated Completion 2019, East Carolina University,                                              Greenville, NC

2008-2013       Bachelor of Fine Art, Visual Arts: Interdisciplinary Studio Practice, Cum Laude, Boise State University, Boise,                               ID

2010                Art and Design Study Program in Japan, Nagoya Zokei University, Nagoya, Japan



2016                9th Annual Joyner Library SOAD Graduate Student Art Exhibition, Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery, East                                Carolina University, Greenville, NC

2016                Rebel 59, Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, Greenville, NC

2016                Unconventional Mediums, East Carolina University, Mendenhall Student Center Art Gallery, Greenville, NC

2016                Mentoring as Art, Waterworks Gallery, Friday Harbor, WA

2015                Home Ties: An Intimate Study of Adornment for the Body and Home, Capitol Hill Residence, Seattle, WA

2015                SMG Biennial Exhibition, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA

2014                3X2 Redux, traveling exhibition

-Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

-Museum of Contemporary Craft Gallery, Portland, OR

2013                3/Thirds, Flying M Coffee House, Boise, ID

2013                Re:Thread, Bricolage Gallery, Boise, ID

2013                Varia: BFA Exhibition, Boise State University Visual Arts Center, Boise, ID

2013                Catalyst, Boise State Art Metals Club, Student Union Fine Arts Gallery, Boise, ID

2012                Emergent Student Juried Exhibition, Juror Cynthia Camlind, Visual Arts Center, Boise State University, Boise,                            ID

2010                Transit, NZU Student Works Gallery 1, Nagoya Zokei University of Art and Design, Nagoya Japan



2016                The Robert Ebendorf Graduate Scholarship for Excellence in Metal Design, East Carolina University,                                              Greenville, NC

2015                Pratt/SMG Partners Grant, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA

2012                Art Department Scholarship, Boise State University, Boise, ID


Professional Service

2014-2016       Workshop and Lectures Series Committee Member, Seattle Metals Guild, Seattle, WA

2012-2013       Secretary, Boise State Art Metals Club, Boise, ID

2012-2013       Secretary, Boise State Sculptors Guild, Boise, ID


Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.