Rachel Adams

Rachel Adams is the Chief Curator and Director of Programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Past curatorial appointments include Senior Curator at UB Art Galleries, Curator-in-Residence at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center and Associate Curator at Arthouse at the Jones Center (now The Contemporary Austin). Adams holds an MA in Exhibition and Museum Studies from SFAI and a BFA from SAIC.

Her areas of research are varied but include a focus on the crossover between contemporary art and architecture, performance and video and new media practices.

Select exhibitions include All Together, Amongst Many: Reflections on Empathy, Paul Mpagi Sepuya: Drop Scene, Claudia Wieser: Generations (co-curated), Alison O’Daniel: Heavy Air, Jillian Mayer: TIMESHARE, The Language of Objects, Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967-2017 and Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective (co-curated). Forthcoming projects include exhibitions with Maya Dunietz and the 2023 group exhibition Presence in the Pause.

Installation view: All Together, Amongst Many: Reflections on Empathy at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 2021
Installation view: Alison O’Daniel: Heavy Air at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 2019

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  1. […] Rachel Adams spoke to us in late August from Omaha, Nebraska where she lives and works. She describes Omaha as a “blue dot in a red state” which means that the city itself has kept many of the pandemic safety measures in place. In her role as Curator and Director of Programs at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, she oversees three programming branches – an international artist residency, exhibitions and public programs. The center now has a new experimental and sound art venue that brings in a few performances each month. Since the beginning of the center 40 years ago, the mission has been artists supporting artists. This includes the artists coming in for residency as well as those exhibiting and around the community. To hear more about the center and Adams’ role, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Rachel Adams spoke to us in late August from Omaha, Nebraska where she lives and works. She describes Omaha as a “blue dot in a red state” which means that the city itself has kept many of the pandemic safety measures in place. In her role as Curator and Director of Programs at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, she oversees three programming branches – an international artist residency, exhibitions and public programs. The center now has a new experimental and sound art venue that brings in a few performances each month. Since the beginning of the center 40 years ago, the mission has been artists supporting artists. This includes the artists coming in for residency as well as those exhibiting and around the community. To hear more about the center and Adams’ role, listen to the complete interview. […]