Rachel Adams, Associate Curator at the UB Art Galleries, has a deep interest in the crossover between contemporary art and architecture. In her Art & Dialogue: Boston Public Program she discusses recent curatorial projects including “Constructed Landscapes” the first solo museum exhibition of artist Seher Shah and her 2014-2015 curatorial residency at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon. She also touches upon her work with Field Constructs Design Competition, opening in Austin November 14, 2015 and the upcoming fall 2016 exhibition of Brazillian-born artist Lydia Okumura at the UB Art Galleries.
Rachel Adams is the Associate Curator for the University at Buffalo Art Galleries. Adams holds an MA in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her areas of research include the crossover between contemporary art and architecture, video and new media practices, with a special focus on artists working and performing in the landscape. She was most recently the 4th Curator-in-Residence at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, OR, curating the 2014-15 season with artists including Andy Coolquitt, Bahar Yurukoglu, Kevin Cooley, and Pablo Rasgado. From 2010 to 2013, she was the Associate Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at The Contemporary Austin, curating a number of exhibitions and video projects, including exhibitions with Devon Dikeou, Seher Shah, Amie Siegel and Ragnar Kjartansson. She is the co-founder and co-director with Catherine Gavin and Igor Siddiqui for Field Constructs Design Competition in Austin, which takes place November 14-22, 2015. Prior to moving to Texas, Adams lived in San Francisco and Chicago, curating at Queens Nails Projects and David Cunningham Projects in San Francisco and co-directing Lloyd Dobler Gallery in Chicago from 2006-2008. Her writing has been included in exhibition catalogues for Prospect.3 New Orleans, and the 2012 Texas Prize as well as artforum.com, Art Papers, Art Practical, Modern Painters, and Texas Architect. Her first exhibition in Buffalo, Splitting Light, opened in September of 2015 and upcoming exhibitions include Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors and the first solo museum presentation of Lydia Okumura, opening September 2016.