Lisa Adams ’77


Lisa Adams ’77

“From the age of ten I knew that I would be a professional artist and the truth is that Scripps College is fundamentally responsible for launching my accomplishments in the Arts. Not only did the Humanities prepare me for life in a cultural milieu but Scripps also provided me with a scholarship which enabled me continue my education, paying for my first year of graduate studies at the Claremont Graduate University. I feel deeply indebted to my undergraduate experience at Scripps for teaching me how to investigate life and the things that deeply interest me. I am grateful for the year abroad that I spent at the University of Heidelberg as well and since have gone on to do many foreign residencies. The career that I have built in the arts is clearly founded in my early experiences at Scripps College.”

Lisa Adams is a Los Angeles artist, working in painting, installation, performance and video. Ms. Adams graduated in Painting from Scripps College in Claremont, California and received her M.F.A. from the Claremont Graduate University in 1980. She has taught at many reputed art departments throughout the Los Angeles area and abroad and is currently an adjunct professor at Otis College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Professional Scholar Award, a Brody Arts Fund Fellowship and a Durfee ARC Grant.

She is the author of “FM*,” (Peeps Island Press, 1999) a How To book about painting, which includes her teaching assignments given at the Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture during the years 1997-1999 (available at Ms. Adams has also been an artist-in-resident in Slovenia, Finland and Japan. She was also commissioned by BMW of North America to paint an Art Car. Her work is represented by the Patricia Correia Gallery at the Bergamot Arts Complex in Santa Monica, California. She also works as part of a collaborative art team, “the apocalypse twins” (, with artist Jill Giegerich. In addition to her practice as an artist, Ms. Adams works as an independent curator and is the co-director of Crazy Space, an experimental art space at the 18th Street Arts Complex in Santa Monica. Her website can be viewed at