Past Residents

Jonathan Adams

Born in Bristol, TN, Jonathan Adams received his BFA from East Tennessee State University in 2016. He is currently an MFA candidate at Rutgers University. Being a black man in the Christian south lead to difficulties finding a community and understanding his identity. 

Visual art was a bridge to initiate dialogues with peers and family; He uses visual art as a means of understanding. Within his work, he explores aspects of perceived identity using scenarios of the human condition and history.

Drawing upon mythology and invasive observational conversation with peers/viewers he is able to fully express the idea visually. Jonathan also enjoys the countryside and a good day nap.