He was born in Glendale, California and earned Bachelor of Education and Masters degrees from the University of California in Los Angeles. He has held the following positions: Professor of Art at the University of California, Los Angeles, 1946 to 1954; Chairman of the Art Department, 1954 to 1957, at the University of Kentucky; Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, 1961 to 1976; Director of the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, 1970 to 1985; and from 1974 to 1990, editor of the Tamarind Papers.
He began his career with his primary focus upon painting but was introduced to lithography by Lynton Kistler. Adams then went on to co-found and direct the Tamarind Lithography workshop in Los Angeles and later New Mexico.
“Southwest Art”, November 1999
Peter Falk, “Who Was Who in American Art”