biography of Katherine Langhorne ADAMS (1890-1977)

Birth place: Plainfield, NJ

Death place: Annandale, VA

Addresses: NYC, c.1915; Palisades, NY, 1920s; Fairfield, CT; Wash., DC; Alexandria, VA, for many years

Profession: Painter, sculptor, etcher, lithographer

Studied: ASL with John Twachtman and Frank Vincent Dumond; also studied in Lyme, CT

Exhibited: Century Progress, Chicago; PAFA Ann., 1912-13, 1915; Old Lyme, CT, 1912-13; NAD, 1912-on; Pan-Pac. Expo., San Fran., 1915; AIC, 1915 (as Langhorne), 1922-26 (as Adams); Corcoran Gal. biennials, 1914, 1916; other Corcoran exh, 1919, 1923, 1926, 1932; Milch Gal., Babcock Gal., Montross Gal., all in NYC during 1920s; PAFA, 1920-36; NAWA, 1935 (Marcia Tucker Prize), 1936 (hon. men.); Junior League, Alexandria, VA, 1957 (prize); Buffalo (NY) Fine Arts Acad.; St Louis (MO) Mus.; Detroit Inst. Art; SIA; CMA; PMA; Albright Art Gal.; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Pittsburgh, PA; Plainfield, NJ

Member: Soc. British A.; NAWA

Work: AIC; PAFA; NMAA. Commissions: Murals in oil for Robert C. Hill & Thomas Lamont, Palisades, NY.

Comments: Adams traveled throughout Europe and Japan and also lived for a time in Argentina during the 1930s. She was married in 1916 to Benjamin P. Adams and exhibited under her married name thereafter. She was known for her use of color and abstraction. After her death, her estate was apparently sold at auction. Lectures: appreciation of modern art. Preferred medium: oils.

Sources: WW73; WW47; McMahan, Artists of Washington, D.C.; Connecticut and American Impressionism 151-52 (w/repro.); Art in Conn.: The Impressionist Years; Falk, Exh. Record Series.