My work is made with the mad pleasure of being lost in materials and not knowing the way to the other side. Each work presses out an interior vocabulary centered on what happens out in the natural surroundings within 800 feet of my studio (in the fields outside my window).

What I make is a full-blown response to being on this spot on the planet. My paintings, sculptures and installations contain real and imagined observations of nature, ever-present global warming angst, a dip into what I read, and forays into various compartments of seeing, sensing, and feeling. Each work is created with intuition and improvisation as I find form and imbue it with a narrative presence. 


Yura Adams is a painter known for her vision of nature observed within the immediate locale of her studio. She looks just outside her door at weather, insects, birds, biological growth and her work expresses what she sees through the foibles of her inner life. She embraces the exploration of materials and works with painting, sculpture and installation.

In 2023 Adams  exhibited her paintings in a solo show at Olympia in New York City, and her sculptures at Turley Gallery, Hudson, New York in a two-person show. In 2022 Adams was presented at NADA New York by Olympia, and exhibited at LABspace, Hillsdale, New York August-September, 2022.

Awards include grants from The Tree of Life (2023), Peter S Reed Foundation by nomination (2022), Drawing Center Viewing Program (2021), Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2019), Martha Boschen Porter Fund, Berkshire Taconic Foundation (2017), New York State Council on the Arts (Individual Artist Grant 2010), New York Foundation of the Arts Mark Program (2009), and National Endowment for the Arts (Individual Artist Grant, New Genres 1985).

Adams has an extensive exhibition record throughout the Hudson Valley with many solo shows with John Davis Gallery of Hudson, New York and other venues including Opalka Gallery in Albany, New York. In the early part of her career, she exhibited as a visual and performance artist in venues on the east coast such as: Just Above Midtown, City Gallery, New Museum, Experimental Intermedia, New Music America, Real Arts Ways, Franklin Furnace and Foto Gallery.

She received her BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and her studio is in an industrial building on a farm in Western Massachusetts.

Studio in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.