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Searcy printmaker to present exhibit in Stephens gallery

August 17, 2016
By cnp
Posted in Exhibit

Daniel Adams, a printmaker from Searcy, Ark., will present his exhibit, "Window on the World," at University of the Ozarks from Aug. 22 to Sept. 23.

The exhibit kicks off the University’s 2016-17 Artist of the Month series for the Stephens Gallery, located in the Walton Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and there is no cost for admission.

There will be a reception to meet the artist from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, in the gallery.

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Searcy printmaker Daniel Adams’ artwork, "Sunset," will be one of the pieces on display during his exhibit, "Window on the World," scheduled for Aug. 22 to Sept. 23 in the Stephens Gallery

Adams is the chair of the Department of Art and Design at Harding University, where he has taught since 1991. He obtained his masters of fine arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, in 1987. He teaches printmaking, graphic design, and a variety of art history and visual aesthetic courses. His work is widely exhibited and collected.

"Everything I do is a sacred task," Adams said. "I’ve been created in God’s image, therefore I am creative. It is my goal to glorify God through all of my artwork, whether specifically religious in nature or not. It is a gift from God. I try to do my best."

As an artist, Adams has used printmaking, and woodcut in particular as a natural ways of expressing.  He is particularly fascinated with the way architecture speaks of human presence even with the absence of human figures in the works. The natural world and his travels across the United States and around the world with his wife, Meagan, also inform much of his work.

"The visual arts are a dialog," Adams said. "With any art form, there is a dialog between the artist and the medium. Each must respond to the desires and demands of the other. That is what makes the arts wonderfully unpredictable and very much like human culture."

Adams said he must respond to the natural resistance that the gouges and knives encounter with the grain of the wood, the free-flowing application of pigment by brush and the juxtaposition of preexisting images as visual words.

"Mixing different media as building blocks of visual syntax is sometimes necessary to make a coherent visual statement," he said. "We communicate though images and the recombination of recurring images develops into a language and narrative about the world."

His artwork can be viewed at