Mac Adams

Mac Adams (b. 1943 Brynmawr, South Wales) is an Internationally renowned sculptor. He studied at Cardiff College of Art before going on to Rutgers University. He is now a Professor at the State University of New York at Old Westbury, New York. He became a US citizen in 1990 but still keeps in touch with his Welsh roots.

Mac Adams’ international reputation has grown over the last 30 years. His innovative use of light and shade in his sculptures play elaborate games with shadows and natural light. Recent public projects have even relied on the Sun’s position to make fleeting figurative shadow images only visible at certain times of the day. His work is collected by dozens of large institutions, from the Chase Manhattan Bank and Microsoft to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art New York.

Awards won

  • New York State University Chancellors Research Award for Excellence in Arts and Humanities. 2002
  • New York State Fellowship for the Arts (Sculpture), 1988
  • National Endowment Fellowship for the Arts (Sculpture), 1982
  • Berlin Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Berliner Kunstlerprogram, 1981
  • National Endowment Fellowship for the Arts, 1980
  • National Endowment Fellowship for the Arts, 1977

Public Collections

  • FRAC Basse-Normandie,Caen.France
  • Microsoft. Corporation
  • D.G. Bank. Frankfurt. Germany
  • Maison Europeenne de la Photographie. Paris
  • Welsh National Museum. UK
  • Goldman,Sachs Investment Co.
  • Harvard University
  • FRAC. Fonds Regional d’art Contemporain, the region Limousin, Limogen. France
  • FNAC. Fonds National d’art Contemporain. Paris. France
  • Caisse des depots, Paris France
  • Lhoist Collection. Belgium
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Museum of Modern Art. New York
  • Los Angeles County Museum. California
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • First National Bank of Chicago
  • La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California
  • Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • Jersey City Museum. Jersey City. N.J
  • The Jane Voorhees-Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers Univ., New Jersey
  • New Jersey State Council for the Arts
  • Ludwig Museum, Cologne, West Germany
  • Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • University of Iowa Museum
  • Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia
  • Welsh Arts Council, Cardiff, S. Wales, UK
  • Commodities Corporation of New Jersey, Princeton
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
  • Chase Manhattan Bank, New York
  • Musee De Toulon, Toulon, France
  • Morton Neumann Family Collection, Chicago, USA

Public Commissions

  • Glass tapestry titled “The Golden Thread” at Rutgers School of Law – Camden. 2008
  • N PROGRESS ‘Life Force’ 250ft Aluminum sculpture. New Jersey School of Medicine and Dentistry. Newark. 2005
  • Wetlands, installed in the concourse of the Secausus, Transfer Railway Station, New Jersey Transportation, USA, 2002
  • Belvedere: Solar Pavilion, Belvedere for Plymouth Park, Penarth Haven, Cardiff, South Wales, for CBAT, UK, 1999
  • Meditation, Botanical Gardens Louis Pasteur University, City of Strasbourg, France, 1996
  • World Patterns and Fables, Public School 20, Queens, New York, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Percent for Art, USA, 1993/96
  • The Universal Soldier, New York Korean War Memorial, Battery Park, New York, 1991

Solo Exhibitions (partial list)

  • Mac Adams &: gb agency, paris (nov-de 2002/03)
  • Center Photographique. D’lle-de-France. Pontault-Combault 2002
  • Serge Aboukrat Gallery. Paris. France 2000
  • Printemps de Cahors. ‘EXTRAetORDINIRE’ Cahors. France. 1999
  • ‘The Silence of Shadows’, Newport, South Wales, UK, 2000
  • Jersey City Museum, New Jersey, USA, 1993
  • La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California, USA, 1988-89
  • DAAD Galerie, Berlin, Germany, 1982
  • Welsh Arts Council of Great Britain, 1979-80


  • Soulillou, Jacques, Mac Adams, Fonds Regional D’Art Contemporain-Limousin, second edition, Deuxiemeepoque, 1989-1995
  • Forsha, Lynda, Mac Adams, Fountainhead Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla, California, 1989
  • Martin, Bernard, Mac Adams, catalogue, Galerie Arlogos, Nantes, France, 1984
  • Philips, Patricia C, review, Artforum, November 1984
  • Blistene, Bernard, Mac Adams Mysteries, catalogue, Musee De Toulon, Toulon, France, 1982

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