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 we might have with them or with each other. 

Adrian is a current graduate student at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Philadelphia, where he is pursuing an MFA in Fibers and Material Studies. He 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. Adrian’s practice has received support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (New York, New York) and the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Columbus, Ohio) as well as a variety of residency programs including the Charlotte Street Studio Residency (Kansas City, Missouri), Second Sight Project (Columbus, Ohio), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, Vermont), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, Tennessee), Lighthouse Works (Fishers Island, New York), and Millay Colony for the Arts (Austerlitz, New York).


2021 | MFA in Fibers and Material Studies, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.
2015 | BFA in Fiber and Creative Writing, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Mo.

Solo Exhibitions
 | TBD, The Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond, Richmond, Va.*
2020 | TBD, Curfman Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Co.*
2019 | The Sensational Inflatable Furry Divines, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Ky.
2017 | The Sensational Inflatable Furry Divines, ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, Oh.

Group and Two Person Exhibitions
2019 | ROY Family Reunion Exhibition, ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, Oh.
2019 | Mixed Bag: An Assortment of Contemporary Craft, Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery, 
Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Ga.
2019 | Queer Craft, curated by Andrew Leo Stansbury, University of Minnesota Morris, Morris, Mn.
2018 | Session 32 Open Studios, Lighthouse Works, Fishers Island, Ny.
2018 | Altered State, The Warehouse, Sudbury, United Kingdom.
2018 | HICKEY, curated by Eric Anthony Berdis and Fred Blauth, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, Pa.
2018 | Alternative Bodies, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tn.
2017 | Soft Touch, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tn. 
2017 | Max Adrian and Paige Beltowski, The Bunker Center for the Arts, Kansas City, Mo.
2017 | Grit, Bob Owens Gallery, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Ga.
2017 | The Arrowmont Experience, The Emporium, Knoxville, Tn.
2017 | 2017-2018 Arrowmont Artists-in-Residence, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tn.
2017 | Playful Judgments, Wild Goose Creative, Columbus, Oh.
2016 | Ultra Softer, curated by Marisa Espe, EASE Gallery, Columbus, Oh.
2016 | Second Sight Open Studio Exhibition, Second Sight Project, Columbus, Oh.
2016 | Fresh: KCAI Alumni, curated by Heather Lustfeldt, Epsten Gallery, Leawood, Ks.
2016 | Double Dribble, curated by Travis Pratt, The Bunker Center for the Arts, Kansas City, Mo. 
2016 | 2016 Kansas City Flatfile, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, Mo. 
2016 | Charlotte Street Open Studios 2016, Charlotte Street Studio Residency, Kansas City, Mo.
2016 | The One Thing That Can Save America, curated by Jessica Baran, Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, Mo.
2015 | 2015 Annual BFA Exhibition, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, Mo.
2015 | Art + Fashion Installation, Halls Department Store, Kansas City, Mo.
2015 | Blind Date: Max Adrian and Lucas Ruminski, The Netherlands Gallery, Milwaukee, Wi.
2014 | Plays & Penalties, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, Mo.
2014 | Rituals and Celebrations: Exploring Meaning Through Dress, Kansas City Museum, Kansas City, Mo.
2014 | Honorable Mention, New York Studio Residency Program, Brooklyn, Ny.

Juried Exhibitions
2020 | Fiberart International 2019, Fort Collins Museum of Art, Fort Collins, Co.*
2019 | Fiberart International 2019, juried by Sonya Clark and Jane Sauer, Contemporary Craft and Brew House Association Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pa.
2018 | Omnipresent Elsewhere, juried by Didier William, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, Pa.
2018 | 60th Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Ar.
2018 | Interrupted, juried by Jiha Moon, MINT at 92 Peachtree, Atlanta, Ga.
2018 | Collector's Choice 2018, Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, Ca.
2018 | Sanctuary, juried by Maria Molteni, Gallery 263, Cambridge, Ma.
2016 | VisionMakers 2016, juried by Namita Gupta Wiggers, 108 Contemporary, Tulsa, Ok.
2016 | #WildArtColumbus, Wild Goose Creative, Columbus, Oh.
2016 | Columbus Invitational Arts Competition, The Vanderelli Room, Columbus, Oh. 
2016 | Fun House: Art of the Surreal, Fantastic, and Bizarre, juried by Eve Biddle, Barrett Art Center, 
Poughkeepsie, Ny.
2015 | New School, MINT Collective, Columbus, Oh.
2015 | National All Media Exhibition, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, Ia.
2013 | Midwest Fiber Art Educators Exhibition, The Warehouse, Kansas City, Mo.
2013 | Undergraduate College Student Exhibition, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, Mo.

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

Honors & Grants
2019 | University Fellowship, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.
2018 | Artist in the Community Resource Grant, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus, Oh.
2017 | Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, Ny. 
2016 | Juror's Choice Award, VisionMakers 2016, 108 Contemporary, Tulsa, Ok.
2016 | Dr. Judith Temple Scholarship, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tn.
2015 | Windgate Fellowship, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, Asheville, Nc.

Professional Experience
2018 - 2019 | Textiles Artist, Otherworld, Columbus, Oh.
2018 | Visiting Artist, Walters State Community College, Morristown, Tn. 
2017 - 2018 | Gallery Preparator, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tn. 
2017 | ArtReach Instructor (sewing classes, grades 4-12) Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tn.
2017 | Visiting Artist, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Ga.
2017 | Visiting Artist and Guest Instructor, Inflatables Workshop, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Mo. 
2016 - 2017 | Inflatable Costume Stitcher, Costume Specialists, Columbus, Oh. 
2016 | Puppeteer (fabrication and performance), The Stories We Share, Mesner Puppet Theater in
collaboration with the Mid America Freedom Band, Kansas City, Mo.
2016 | Assistant Puppeteer, Mesner Puppet Theater at the 2016 Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival,
New Delhi, India
2015 | Emerging Artist, Redmoon Theater, Chicago, Il.
2015 | Fabricator, Mini Vinnie Bini, citywide 56th Venice Biennale reinterpretation, Kansas City, Mo. 
2015 | Managing Editor, Sprung Formal literary magazine, Kansas City, Mo.
2015 | Fabrication Intern, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo.
2014 | Publishing and Gallery Intern, Plug Projects, Kansas City, Mo.
2014 | Studio Assistant to artist John Powers, Brooklyn, Ny.
2014 | Assistant Costume Designer, Bum Phillips All-American Opera, La MaMa Experimental Theatre, 
New York, Ny.
2014 | Installation Assistant, Joseph Kosuth's Guests and Foreigners: Corporal Histories, New York, Ny.
2013 | Counselor and Art Teacher, Camp Lonehollow, Vanderpool, Tx.
2013 | Studio Assistant to artist Brett Reif, Kansas City, Mo.
2013 | Studio Assistant to artist Rachel Hayes, Kansas City, Mo. 

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

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

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