Peter Adams

Contemporary American artist Peter Adams received his training at ArtCenter College of Design, Otis Art Institute, Instituto de Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, and most significantly, from the Lukits Academy of Fine Arts in Los Angeles. At Lukits Academy he spent seven years in diligent formal training, eventually becoming the personal apprentice to the renowned mural, landscape, and portrait painter Theodore N. Lukits (1897–1992).

Since 1993 Adams has served as president of the prestigious California Art Club, where he is also a Signature Member. Additional professional memberships include Signature Member of Pastel Society of America and Plein Air Painters of America, and Master Signature Member of Oil Painters of America.

In 2007 the Autry Museum presented the John J. Geraghty Award to Peter and Elaine Adams in recognition of their contributions to American representational art, and his artist peers at the California Art Club’s 96th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition awarded Adams the Gold Medal for Best Painting. Also in 2007, the historic Pasadena Tournament of Roses commissioned Adams to create the “Pasadena Rose” to help raise funds for children’s arts programs.

In 2009 Adams was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, and his work was published in the Watson-Guptill book Landscape Painting. He was commissioned by the University of Southern California’s Caruso Catholic Center to produce paintings of the Fourteen Stations of the Cross, which were installed at Our Savior Church. Peter Adams is prominently featured in the book California Light, A Century of Landscapes: Paintings of the California Art Club, published in 2011 by Skira Rizzoli, New York.

Peter Adams is represented by American Legacy Fine Arts, Pasadena, California.

Amy Scott, the Autry's Executive Vice President of Research and Interpretation, speaks with PETER ADAMS. Recorded live in Pasadena on 11/19/22 at the home of Kathy L. Rose. View the interview here.

View the Autry’s interview with Peter Adams here. Recorded live January/2023.


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