Red Cloud, Earth & Sky

Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project

The Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project records and preserves the voices of women visual artists in Iowa reflecting on their lives and their artwork. In 1998, creator and director Jane Robinette began interviewing Iowa women artists about their experiences and art practices. The interviews cover family and personal history, education, development as an artist, artwork, creative process, influences, and more. The Daily Palette is pleased to present excerpts of the Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project's 2008 updates that Robinette collected from the Project artists who were interviewed nine or ten years ago. Visit the Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project's website.

Red Cloud, Earth & Sky, collagraph, collage, 40" x 30", 2006

Vicki Adams was born in 1931 on a farm near Blockton, Iowa. She grew up on the farm with her parents, two brothers, and a sister, artist Laurayne Robinette. She attended one year at Drake University directly after high school, then she married, moving to California and other places as her husband was moved around in the military. When they returned to Des Moines, she began taking classes at the Des Moines Art Center, and eventually returned to Drake part-time, and earned her B.F.A. in 1974. She received her M.F.A. from Drake in 1978. Her emphasis was printmaking, and she taught printmaking classes for several years. She has three children and one grandson. Her work is mostly abstract—collagraphs and handmade paper works. She is associated with the Octagon in Ames and Arte Gallery in the Des Moines East Village. Recent awards include: First Place in The Community of Artists show at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames in 2006, and an Honorable Mention in the Des Moines Women's Club Annual Exhibit in 2007. She also had a 2008 solo show at the Des Moines Playhouse.

2008 Updates: "Although I'm ten years older than the last time you interviewed me, I seem to be volunteering more than ever.  My special interest is in NAMI Iowa where I volunteer in the library and write short book reviews.  I volunteer at the Heritage Gallery once a month and enjoy seeing other artists works."

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