SC State University Hosts Artist Exhibition: "Sumptuary Series"

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

SC State’s Fine Arts Center Gallery is excited to host an exhibition by artist Lauren Frances Adams. The exhibition is on display through Nov. 30, 2010. Adams’ “Sumptuary Series” explores the relationships between costume and power through a dynamic display of images installed throughout the gallery.  Her work “pictures” the social and political structures we live with, revealing unexpected associations and schemes that are a legacy of our colonial past.

“One of the haunting reminders of this colonial period is the loss of first nation people and their culture, due to the reality of colonial hegemony and expansion of European settlers in the following centuries,” says Adams.

Adams was born in Snow Hill, N.C. In 2007, she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. Adams has exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, N.C.; the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pa.; an ex-Turkish bathhouse in Belgrade, Serbia; and CUE Art Foundation in Chelsea, N.Y. She was in residence at the Cite in Paris, France this summer, and has participated in other artist residencies such as the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Upcoming shows include “SWEET JESUS” at Lemp Brewery in St. Louis, Mo., and gogo projects at Conner Contemporary in Washington, D.C.

Adams is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Master of Fine Arts Award, and teaches painting at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.  She also directs a storefront project space, Cosign Projects, in St. Louis, Mo.

For more information on Adams’ exhibition, visit her website at, or contact James Arendt, director of the SC State Gallery, at (803) 536-8918.