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Born 1936

Solo Exhibitions

2018  Personal Vision:  The Exhibition, Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock AR

2017 Personal Vision, New Door Creative Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2007  Running Deep, The Phillips Museum, Franklin Marshall College, Lancaster PA

2005 Imagie: The Paintings of Adger Cowans, Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock AR

1994 Illuminations: Paintings and Photographs, Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY

1992 New Interlude: Recent Paintings, Stiral Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1987 New Black and Gold Masked Dream Series, Janet Moody Gallery, New York, NY

1986 Rhythmic Visions:  The Gallery Show, New York, NY

1986  Suriname, Martinique International Black Arts Festival, Martinique, West Indies

1985  The Djukas of Suriname, Raymond Ker Gallery, New York, NY

1983 Canvas Rhythms, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

1983 Black and White Show for a Black and White Time, New York, NY

1983 New American Artist, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

1983 Gallery 62, Urban League, New York, NY

1982 New York’s Most Visionary Artist, Jazzonia Gallery, Detroit MI

1982 Spectrum Tones, Karamu House, Cleveland, OH

1981  Moments, Green Space, New York, NY

1980 Masked Dreams and African Suite, Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

1979 Cinque Gallery, New York, NY

1977  Jade Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

1976 William Easley Collectors Exhibit, New York NY

1975  Shado Gallery Oregon City, OR

1975  Impressions, Friends Gallery, James Van Der Zee Institute, New York, NY

1974 Omega House Gallery, New York, NY

1973 Omega House Gallery, New York, NY

1972 US Library, Tangiers Morocco

1971 Acts of Art Gallery: Rebuttal to The Whitney, Hunter College Art Galleries

1968  Ketchum, MacLeod and Grove Gallery, New York, NY

1968  United States Information Agency Traveling Exhibit, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe

1967  Warwick and Legler, New York, NY

1967  Cunningham and Walsh, New York NY

1967  Benton and Bowles, New York, NY

1967  Heliography Gallery, New York, NY

1966  Batten, Barton, Durston and Osborne, New York

1966  Grey Advertising, New York

1966  First World Festival of Negro Arts, Dakar, Senegal

1965  McCann-Ericson, New York, NY

1963  The Heliographers, Heliography Gallery, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

2020  Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Whitney Museum, New York, NY

2020  Soul of a Nation, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX

2019  The Art of Rebellion, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI

2019  Soul of a Nation, San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts

2019  Contact High: A Visual History of Hip Hop, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA

2019 Africobra, Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2018  Soul of a Nation, Tate Modern, London, UK, Crystal Bridges, AR, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY, The Broad, Los Angeles, CA

2018  People, Places and Things, Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2018 Africobra, Galarie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD

2018 Africobra, Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York NY 

2016  Never Done, City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2016  Walton Gallery, Frame X Frame, St Petersburg, FL

2016  New Works, Hearne Fine Arts Gallery, Little Rock, AR

2016  New Photography, Merton Simpson Gallery, New York, NY

2015  Like Then and Now: Looking Through the Lens of Three Leading African-American Artists, Merton Simpson Gallery, New York, NY

2015  Timeless: The Photographs of Kamoinge, Kenkelaba Gallery, NY

2011  Audiodacity: Music as Muse, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2011  Elements of Soul, Chashama Gallery, New York, NY

2010  Mahogany Due II: American Artist in South Hampton, South Hampton Historical, South Hampton, NY 

2009  Beyond Perception, Dell Pryor Gallery, Detroit, MI

2009  Sound, Print, Record:  African American Legacies, University of Delaware, Wilmington, DE

2008  Visual Essence, Dell Pryor Gallery, Detroit, MI

2008  Collaborations: Two Decades of Excellences, Hearne Fine Art Gallery, Little Rock, AR

2008  Cowans Phillips Harris, International Art Gallery, Washington, DC.

2008  Apart Together, HP Garcia Gallery, New York, NY 

2007  Not Where, But When, HP Garcia Gallery, New York, NY

2007  Lyrical Art Form, Hip Hop, A Global Notice, Dell Pryor Gallery, Detroit, MI

2007  Star Struck, Tullia Booth Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

2007  Current: Contemporary Photographs by Former Heliographers, HP Garcia Gallery, New York, NY

2007  Africobra, Hampton University Museum, Jamestown, VA

2006  Kamoinge, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

2005  Chemistry of Color, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

2003  Water, Tullia Booth Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

2002  Different Directions, New Jersey School of Architecture Gallery

2001  Biennale Internazional dell’arte Contemporanea Firenze, Italy 

2001  Reflections In Black, Smithsonian African America Photography, Detroit, MI

2001  Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

2001  Call and Response: Curated by Adger Cowans, Dell Pryor Gallery Detroit, MI

2001  Time Lapse, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2000  Blackness In Color, Herbert Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

1999  Gallery M, New York, NY

1999  Locating the Spirit: Religion and Spirituality in African American Art, Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, Washington, DC 

1999  World Famous Artist International Show and Korean – American Artists, Cho Hyung Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1998  Black NY Artist of the 20th Century, Schomburg Center, New York, NY

1998  Seeing Jazz, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC

1998  Sweeps and Views: Clark and Cowans, Rush Art Gallery, New York, NY

1997  Group Show, Cathedral of St John the Divine. New York, NY

1996  Captured Moments: Cowans, Dubasky, Thompson, June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY

1996  Just Jazz, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1995  Two Contemporary Photographers, Emily Lowe Gallery at Hofstra Museum, Hamsted N.Y.

1993  I Sight: Adger Cowans and Toni Parks, Gordon Parks Gallery at The School of New Resources, Bronx, NY

1993  Three New Perspectives: Cowans, Walker, Pontiflet, Cinque Gallery, New York, NY

1993  Contemporary African American Artist, College of Fine Arts, Palermo, Italy

1992  Photography Show, Cinque Gallery, New York, NY

1991  In The Full Effect, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH

1990  Selected Photographs: The Paul Jones Collection, Spellman College, Atlanta, GA

1989  Contemporary African American Print Makers, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT

1987  Abstract, Triangle Fine Arts International,  New York, NY

1986  Two Schools: NY and Chicago, Kenkeleba House and Jamaica Arts Center, Queens, NY

1984  Morning of the Blue Queen, Public Arts Piece, First Women’s Bank, New York, NY

1983  New American Arts, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, New York NY

1983  Contemporary African American Photographers, Featherstone Art Museum, Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Greensboro, NC, Los Angeles, CA, Oberlin, OH

1981  Moments, Green Space Gallery, New York NY

1979  SoWeTo, African – American Heritage Studies Conference Exhibition, United Nations Building, New York, NY

1979  Africobra – Farafandugu, Center D'Art, Port Au Prince, Haiti

1979  Self Portraits Exhibit, Black Enterprise Magazine, Black Photographers Annual Exhibit, US Tour

1978  Roosevelt Public Gallery, Roosevelt City, NY

1977  2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (SESPAC), Lagos, Nigeria

1977  CBO: Color Images, Seagram Building, New York, NY

1976  Just Above: David Hammond, Adger Cowans, John Pinderhughes, Al Fennar, Midtown Gallery, New York, NY

1976  Photography in the Fine Arts (Curated by Ivan Dmitri), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

1975  Kamoinge Group Show, Harvard University, Boston, MA

1975  Kamoinge Workshop Group Show, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

1974  Kamoinge Group Show, Chicago School of Design, Chicago, Il

1973  Kamoinge Group Show, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

1972  Kamoinge Group Show, Studio Museum, Harlem, NY

1970  Kamoinge Group Show, Chicago School of Design, Chicago, IL

1970  Kamoinge Group Show, 141st Street Gallery, New York, NY

1968  New trends in Photography, DeCordova Museum, University of New Hampshire, Lincoln, MA and Durham, NH.

1967  Photography in the Fine Arts, Curated by Ivan Dmitri, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY  (Tour for 29 major art museums in the United States)

1967  The Heliographers, Lever House Gallery

1966  First World Festival of Negro Arts, Dakar Senegal

1963  International Group Show, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

1963  Yolo International Show, Yolo, CA

Museum Collections

The National Museum of African-American History and Culture, Washington D.C, Mott Museum Collection, Flint MI, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit MI, St Louis Fine Art Museum, St, Louis, MO, Whitney Museum, New York, NY, Reginald L Lewis Museum, Baltimore, MD, Mosaic Templar Cultural Center, Little Rock, AR, Howard University, Washington D.C., Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, University of Delaware, Wilmington, DE, Museum of The National Center of Afro-American Arts, Boston, MA

Awards and Special Recognition

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, Howard University; 2010 Color: Special Issues/Merit Award; 2007 Limited Edition: Portfolio of Photographs for Photo-Lens Project by NCA; 2002 Delivered a lecture and slide presentation of D’jukas at the University of Paris, Paris France; 2001 Recipient of The Lorenzo II Magnifico Alla Carriera Award in recognition of a distinguished career in Florence, Italy; 2001 Recipient of Gordon Parks Legendary Award Given by The Exposure Group, Washington D.C.; 1999 Scholarly Paper delivered to the University of The Antilles, on the relationship between jazz and painting, Martinique, French West Indies; 1992 Inducted Into Columbus Public Schools Hall Of Fame, Columbus Ohio; 1987 Martin Luther King, Jr., Caesar Chavez, Rosa Parks Visiting Scholar, Wayne State University, Detroit MI; 1987 Exhibitor, The Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting’s Movie Week Gracie Mansion, New York, NY; 1986 Photography Portfolio and People, DRUM Magazine, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; 1985 Visiting Artists, Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY; 1985 1st Prize for So We To (etching), Atlanta Life International Arts Competition, Atlanta, GA; 1984 Morning of the Blue Queen (Dedicated to Wilfredo Lam) commissioned by Tony Goldman for Public Arts Piece, SoHo Kitchen and Bar, New York, NY; 1983 Consultant, The Afro – American Historical and Cultural Museum of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; 1978 - ‘79 Consultant, LD Group International, New York, NY; 1976 - ‘77 Bi-Centennial Exhibition, Afro – America Historical Cultural Museum, Philadelphia, PA; 1967 Exhibitor and Lecturer, World Conference on Photography, Coral Gables, FL; 1963 1st Prize for Sun and Trees (Black and White Photo), Yolo International Exhibition, Yolo, CA; 1958 - ‘60 Winner of American Spirit Award, awarded by The US Armed Forces

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