Max Adrian is a visual artist whose soft-sculptural work playfully considers queer ideas of sexuality and identity through Craft. Greatly influenced by LGBTQ+ history, drag, puppetry, street theater, and other forms of radical performance, Adrian sews highly tactile sculptures that reference his performative influences with connotations of costume, nightlife, and sexual scenarios. His sculptures are intricately sewn using materials like faux fur, faux leather, and spandex. The push and pull between the trepidation and the desire to touch is a key element to Adrian's work, especially being made from materials that beg for interaction. Adrian simultaneously conjures images of children's playhouses and red-lit dungeons with his work as a method of posing questions about how we learn to communicate and share ourselves with others. The resulting objects are social lubricators, activating imagined relationships with might have with them or with each other. 

Adrian holds a BFA in Fiber and Creative Writing from the Kansas City Art Institute. He was awarded a 2015 Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design for his proposal of an intensive study of theatre design and puppetry among such places as Chicago, Prague, and India. He has participated in a variety of residencies including the New York Studio Residency Program (Brooklyn, New York), Charlotte Street Studio Residency (Kansas City, Missouri), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, Vermont). and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, Tennessee). Adrian is currently a resident artist at the Second Sight Project in Columbus, Ohio. 


contact: maxadrianart@gmail.com


Education
2015 I BFA in Fiber and Creative Writing, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Mo.

Exhibitions
2019 I Mixed Bag: An Assortment of Contemporary Craft, Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery,
     Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Ga.*
2018 I TBD, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tn.*
     Omnipresent Elsewhere, juried by Didier William, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, Pa.
     HICKEY, curated by Eric Anthony Berdis and Fred Blauth, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, Pa.
     60th Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Ar.
     Interrupted, juried by Jiha Moon, MINT at 92 Peachtree, Atlanta, Ga.
     Collector's Choice 2018, Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, Ca.
     Alternative Bodies, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tn.
     Sanctuary, juried by Maria Molteni, Gallery 263, Cambridge, Ma.
2017 I Soft Touch, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tn. 
     Max Adrian and Paige Beltowski, The Bunker Center for the Arts, Kansas City, Mo.
     Grit, Bob Owens Gallery, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Ga.
     The Arrowmont Experience, The Emporium, Knoxville, Tn.
     2017-2018 Arrowmont Artists-in-Residence, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tn.
     The Sensational, Inflatable Furry Divines, solo show, ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, Oh.
     Playful Judgments, Wild Goose Creative, Columbus, Oh.
2016 I VisionMakers 2016, juried by Namita Gupta Wiggers, 108 Contemporary, Tulsa, Ok.
     Ultra Softer, curated by Marisa Espe, EASE Gallery, Columbus, Oh.
     #WildArtColumbus, Wild Goose Creative, Columbus, Oh.
     Second Sight Open Studio Exhibition, Second Sight Project, Columbus, Oh.
     Columbus Invitational Arts Competition, The Vanderelli Room, Columbus, Oh.
     Fresh: KCAI Alumni, curated by Heather Lustfeldt, Epsten Gallery, Leawood, Ks.
     Double Dribble, curated by Travis Pratt, The Bunker Center for the Arts, Kansas City, Mo. 
     Fun House: Art of the Surreal, Fantastic, and Bizarre, juried by Eve Biddle, Barrett Art Center,
          Poughkeepsie, Ny.
     2016 Kansas City Flatfile, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, Mo. 
     Charlotte Street Open Studios 2016, Charlotte Street Studio Residency, Kansas City, Mo.
     The One Thing That Can Save America, curated by Jessica Baran, Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, Mo.
2015 I 2015 Annual BFA Exhibition, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, Mo.
     Art + Fashion Installation, Halls Department Store, Kansas City, Mo.
     New School, MINT Collective, Columbus, Oh.
     Blind Date: Max Adrian and Lucas Ruminski, curated by Jasmine McMasters, The Netherlands Gallery,
          Milwaukee, Wi.
     National All Media Exhibition, juried by Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, Ia.
2014 I Plays & Penalties, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, Mo.
     Rituals and Celebrations: Exploring Meaning Through Dress, Kansas City Museum, Kansas City, Mo.
     Honorable Mention, New York Studio Residency Program, Brooklyn, Ny.
2013 I Merry Massacre: The Exhibition, Elegant Miss Gallery, Kansas City, Mo.
     Midwest Fiber Art Educators Exhibition, The Warehouse, Kansas City, Mo.
     Undergraduate College Student Exhibition, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, Mo.

Residencies
2018
I Lighthouse Works Fellowship, Fishers Island, Ny.*
    Second Sight Project, Columbus, Oh.
2017 - 2018 I Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tn.
2017 I Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Johnson, Vt.
2016 - 2017 I Second Sight Project, Columbus, Oh. 
2015 - 2016 I Charlotte Street Studio Residency, Kansas City, Mo.
2014 I New York Studio Residency Program, Brooklyn, Ny.

Honors & Grants
2017 I Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, Ny. 
2016 I Juror's Choice Award, VisionMakers 2016, 108 Contemporary, Tulsa, Ok.
     Dr. Judith Temple Scholarship, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tn.
2015 I Windgate Fellowship, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, Asheville, Nc.

Professional Experience
2018 I Visiting Artist, Walters State Community College, Morristown, Tn. 
2017 - 2018 I Gallery Preparator, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tn. 
2017 I ArtReach Instructor (sewing classes, grades 4-12) Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tn.
     Visiting Artist, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Ga.
     Visiting Artist and Guest Instructor, Inflatables Workshop, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Mo. 
2016 - 2017 I Inflatable Costume Stitcher, Costume Specialists, Columbus, Oh. 
2016 I Puppeteer (fabrication and performance), The Stories We Share, Mesner Puppet Theater in
     collaboration with the Mid America Freedom Band, Kansas City, Mo.
     Assistant Puppeteer, Mesner Puppet Theater at the 2016 Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival,
          New Delhi, India
2015 I Emerging Artist, Redmoon Theater, Chicago, Il.
     Fabricator, Mini Vinnie Bini, citywide 56th Venice Biennale reinterpretation, Kansas City, Mo. 
     Managing Editor, Sprung Formal literary magazine, Kansas City, Mo.
     Fabrication Intern, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo.
2014 I Publishing and Gallery Intern, Plug Projects, Kansas City, Mo.
     Studio Assistant to artist John Powers, Brooklyn, Ny.
     Assistant Costume Designer, Bum Phillips All-American Opera, La MaMa Experimental Theatre, 
          New York, Ny.
     Installation Assistant, Joseph Kosuth's Guests and Foreigners: Corporal Histories, New York, Ny.
2013 I Counselor and Art Teacher, Camp Lonehollow, Vanderpool, Tx.
     Studio Assistant to artist Brett Reif, Kansas City, Mo.
     Studio Assistant to artist Rachel Hayes, Kansas City, Mo. 

Bibliography / Publications
2018 I Blauth, Fred. "Him: You, Me: Me!!!" Essay. Web. 
     "Artist Interview: Max Adrian," Float. Feature. Web. 
     HISS Mag, Issue 2, Feature. Print.
     "Max Adrian," Not Yet Titled, Issue 1, Peripheral Vision Press, Feature. Web. 
     Intent (Part One), Cultivate Gallery, Online Exhibition. Web. 
2015 I "The Garden," Refigural, Issue 4, Fiction. Web. 
     "Awaiting the Wave," Temporary Art Review, Interview. Web. 

Curatorial Experience
2017 I Of the Earth exhibition statement, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tn.
     Selections from the Permanent Collection, The Arrowmont Experience, The Emporium, Knoxville, Tn.
2015 I Divining the Museum: Visions of Past, Present, and Future, Kansas City Museum, Kansas City, Mo. 

Presentations
2017 I "Applying for Residencies," University of North Georgia, Bob Owens Gallery, Dahlonega, Ga.
     Artist Talk, ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, Oh.
2016 I "Winded: The Story of My Windgate Fellowship," Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Mo.
2015 I "Studio Residents Slide Slam," Charlotte Street Foundation, La Esquina, Kansas City, Mo.

*forthcoming