Thursday, May 31, 2012

Antonio Adams and Bill Ross

Antonio Adams

Bill Ross

Bill Ross

Antonio Adams

Bill Ross

Antonio Adams

Bio for Antonio Adams

Born in Cincinnati in 1981, Antonio Adams has been drawing, painting and creating since he was a little boy. Now his work is collected nationally, and he has been featured in newspaper articles and television news stories. He is one of the co-founders of Visionaries & Voices, an arts organization for artists with disabilities in Cincinnati, as well as Thunder-Sky, Inc., an outsider art gallery also in Cincinnati. His sculptures, paintings and drawings have been featured at The Contemporary Art Center (Cincinnati), The Cincinnati Art Museum, Base Gallery, Visionaries & Voices, the Pittsburgh Folk Art Exhibit and Symposium, the Outsider Art Fair in New York City, Middletown Fine Arts Center, Fitton Center for Creative Arts (Hamilton, Ohio), University of Cincinnati Gallery, Country Club Gallery (Cincinnati and Los Angeles), and In the Gallery (Nashville, Tennessee). His art was featured last fall in an exhibition at the Museum of Everything in London, England.

Bio for Bill Ross

A cofounder of Visionaries & Voices and Thunder-Sky, Inc., Bill Ross is a graduate of the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, and has exhibited his work in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Columbus, Ohio, as well as locally here in the Cincinnati area at Designsmith Gallery and 1305 Gallery in Over the Rhine and Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, Kentucky. He recently was a visiting artist at the Cincinnati Art Museum. He is a social worker for people with developmental disabilities full-time, and oversees a weekend art-making program every Saturday at Thunder-Sky, Inc. in Northside. His paintings and sculptures investigate an otherworldliness that is both innocently garish and garishly innocent: images from storybooks collide with eerie narratives of loss and disjuncture. One of the highlights of both his social-work and visual arts career was being able to support and champion Raymond Thunder-Sky, a Cincinnati artist and icon known as “the Construction Clown.”