Nancy Loorem Adams
Loorem Adams' conceptual sculptural basketry frequently references challenging contemporary issues with an intention to provoke reflection, emotional response, paradoxical thinking and to create beauty. She is drawn to these aesthetic themes for what she perceives as their capacity to express what haunts and engages her imagination. Loorem Adams specializes in random weave basketry techniques utilizing materials such as wood veneer, cane, reed, pigments, ink, dyes and lacquer. She employs these materials in uncommon applications with mixed-media components to develop narratives giving expression to the societal psyche.
Loorem Adams creates contemporary sculptural basketry specializing in the use of random weave as a means of conveying paradoxical thoughts and emotions. Utilizing the evocative feminine torso, she gives expression to concerns of the collective social psyche.
Loorem Adams 45-year career spans art production, art education, and art advocacy with her full attention now given to making and exhibiting sculptural basketry, curatorial projects and writing. Her works are exhibited in museums and galleries in both international and national exhibitions. She is published in numerous magazines and art catalogs.
Recently Loorem Adams curated an exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum, Ron Ho: A Jeweler's Tale, 2019, and wrote an accompanying 32 page monograph of the same title; curated the 2018 NOW Beauty and Paradox group show at Museo Gallery Whidbey Island, Washington, and co-curated Earth Elements, 2017 a group show at Matske Fine Art Gallery, Camano Island, Washington.
Loorem Adams serves on the Board of Northwest Designer Craftsmen (NWDC), a five state juried fine craft art organization, as President and Museum Liaison. She is currently the NWDC Chair of Currents 2020 National Craft Exhibition and Symposium. She is active in the Whidbey Island Surface Design Association, an affiliate of the National Surface Design Association, and is a member of the National Basketry Organization, and Fiber Arts International.
Loorem Adams served seven years on the Board of the Bellevue Art Museum— a museum dedicated to contemporary craft. As Board President and Liaison to the Capital Campaign she led the BAM Board to fulfill building the internationally recognized Steven Holl designed museum 1997-2000.
After retiring from the public schools, Loorem Adams became Head of School at the Bellevue Arts Museum, and then went on to found Art’s Cool! a company offering after school art classes and summer art camps for elementary children.
During her career in public education, Loorem Adams wove her interests in art and commitment to art education into the development of school-based art programs. She achieved the doctorate degree from the University of Washington in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in1993, Masters, 1983 and Bachelors, 1973 both degrees from the Western Washington University in Public School Administration, and Education. She has participated in numerous art classes, workshops and mentorships. Loorem Adams travels the world studying art movements, history, culture, and attending art exhibitions, galleries, artists’ studios and workshops.
Exhibitions, Curatorial, Publications and Awards
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton Massachusetts 2020 Members Biennial Exhibition
February 8, 2020 - November 8, 2020
National Basketry Organization, Basketry Now: 10th Anniversary Exhibition,
The Kentucky Museum Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Kentucky 2019
Excellence in Fibers Craft in America Gallery, Los Angeles, California 2019
Excellence in Fibers juried exhibition in print IV Fiber Art Now Winter 2018/2019
STEM+Art+Design Northwest Designer Craftsmen Create, Schack Art Center, Everett Washington 2019
Playlist Museo Gallery, Langley Washington Group Exhibition February 2019
Northwest Designer Craftsmen The Contemporary Art of Fine Craft, Washington State Convention Center 2018
Art at the Port, Anacortes Arts Festival juried exhibition 2018 Anacortes, Washington
Great Basins Basketry Exhibition HGA Convergence Conference 2018 Reno Nevada
Manga Artifact, Second Place: Made It, Honorable Mention
"Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot" Fall 2018 Issue Front Cover Image Manga Artifact, and article
Handweavers Guild of America, Inc.
Whatcom County Musuem Gathered Together Group Show NW Basketry Guild 2018 Bellingham, Washington
Nancy Loorem Adams One Woman Show Skagit Community College 2018 Mount Vernon, Washington
All Things Considered 9 Basketry in the 21st Century exhibition and catalog
National Basketry Organization International Show Tacoma Washington 2017
In Response to Baskets Art Stop Gallery Northwest Designer Craftsmen Juried Exhibition 2017
Interwoven, The Sculptural Basketry of Nancy Loorem Adams LaConner Fiber and Textile Museum
LaConner Washington 2017
NOW Beauty and Paradox Exhibition Museo Gallery 2017 Curator and Artist, Langley, Washington
Bellevue College Northwest Designer Craftsmen Juried Exhibition 2017 Bellevue, Washington
Garden Show Museo Gallery April 2017 Langley, Washington
Crafting Community Inaugural International Exhibition in Print, Surface Design Journal Winter
Karla Matzke Fine Art Gallery, Earth Elements Exhibition 2017 Co-Curator and Artist
Vashon Art Center Northwest Designer Craftsmen Exhibition 2017
Museo Gallery Beach Party Exhibition February - March 2017
Fiber Fusion Juried Traveling Exhibition, Jurors' Award Winner, Schack Art Center Everett, March -April 2017; North Winds Gallery Port Townsend, WA February 2017,;Vala Art Center November - January 15th 2017; Allied Arts Richland WA June, 2016
Museo Gallery Gift Show November - December 2016
The Garden Show, Museo Gallery April, 2016
Mardi Gras Invitational Exhibition, Museo Gallery 2016 Langley, WA
Beyond the Surface 2016 Juried Exhibition La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum, La Conner WA
Craft Forms 2015 International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Entwined Invitational Exhibition Museo Gallery, 2015 Langley, WA
Expressions Northwest 2015 Juried Exhibition Northwind Art Center Port Townsend, WA Whidbey Island Whidbey Island Center on the Art’s Group Show, 2015 Langley, WA
The Grid Show, invitational Artist Exhibition Museo Gallery, 2015 Langley, WA
Pop Art Exhibition Museo Gallery 2015 Langley, WA
Schack Art Center 2014 Juried Exhibition, Everett, WA
I Can’t Believe It’s Fiber Invitational Artist Exhibition Museo Gallery, 2014, Langley, WA
Medieval Exhibition Museo Gallery 2014 Langley, WA
Out of the Blue Juried Exhibition Northwest Quilt and Textile Museum 2014, LaConner, WA
White on White Invitational Exhibition Museo Gallery 2013, Langley, WA
Whidbey Island Center on the Arts Lobby Exhibit 2013, 2014, 2015, Langley, WA
Dancing Surfaces Juried Exhibition, Surface Design Association of Washington Phinney Ridge 2014
Ron Ho: A Jeweler's Tale Exhibition , Nancy Loorem Adams Curator, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue,
NOW Beauty and Paradox Group Exhibition 2017 Museo Gallery Langley, Washington Curator and
Earth Elements Group Exhibition 2017 Karla Matzke Fine Art Gallery, Co-Curator and exhibiting artist
National Basketry Organization, Basketry Now: 10th Anniversary Exhibition Catalog, The Kentucky
Museum at Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Kentucky 2019
Ron Ho: A Jeweler's Tale 32 Page Exhibition Monograph Nancy Loorem Adams Curator/Author 2019
Collaboration Bellevue Arts Museum & Northwest Designer Craftsmen
Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot Fall 2018 Issue Front Cover Image Manga Artifact, and article
Nation Basketry Organization Inaugural Exhibition In Print 2018
Basketry A Way of Life Whidbey Life Magazine Winter 2017-18
Crafting Community Surface Design Association Inaugural International Exhibition in Print
Surface Design Journal Winter 2016/2017
Juror's Award for The Birth of the Grid, Fiber Fusion, 2016-2017 Juried Traveling Exhibition, Washington
Great Basins Basketry Exhibition Handweaver's Guild of America Convergence Conference 2018 Reno NV
Manga Artifact, Second Place: Made It, Honorable Mention