David Adey, M.F.A.

Professor of Art and Design

David Adey is a practicing artist and designer. He began his career in graphic design and branding working for clients such as Intel, Pepsi, Nike, Qualcomm, Taylor Guitars, Hasbro, and many others. His art is informed by this experience, and his recent cut-paper works explore the fraught intersection between our physical bodies and the increasingly digitized world they inhabit. Adey's art has been exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Orange County Museum of Art, Torrance Art Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, The La Jolla Athenaeum, Oceanside Museum of Art, and galleries and venues nationally and internationally. His recent “Hide” series was selected for the exhibition “State of The Art, Discovering American Art Now,” which began at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas and has toured nationally. Adey's graphic design and illustration have won many awards and have been featured in publications such as Graphis and Communication Arts. His art has been reviewed and featured in publications including Art in America, Art Ltd., LA Weekly, Installation Magazine, Artbound by KCET, Riviera Magazine, The San Diego Union Tribune, Wired, KPBS and The Huffington Post. Adey recently completed a permanent public sculpture commission for the County of San Diego titled Inspiration/Expiration, which can be seen at the corner of Cedar and Kettner in downtown San Diego. He received his MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and BA in visual art from PLNU. He is represented by Scott White Contemporary Art in San Diego.

 

Education

  • M.F.A., Sculpture, Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • B.A., Visual Art, PLNU

Courses Taught

  • Sculpture, Objects and Installation – ART 322
  • Contemporary Studio Seminar – ART 420
  • Three-Dimensional Design – ART 104
  • Graphic Design 1 – ART 203
  • Illustration 1 – ART 330

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Exhibited in San Diego, Los Angeles, Boston, Detroit, Dallas, Miami, Minneapolis, San Francisco, New York, Berlin, Brussels
  • Exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Orange County Museum of Art, Torrance Art Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, The La Jolla Athenaeum, Oceanside Museum of Art
  • Represented by Scott White Contemporary Art in San Diego
  • Lectured at Cranbrook Academy of Art, California State University Northridge, University of Nevada Las Vegas, New School of Architecture, San Diego Museum of Art, Woodbury School of Architecture, Orange County Museum of Art, San Diego State University, New York Center for Art and Media Studies, California State University Long Beach, Loyola Marymount University
  • Completed a permanent public commission sculpture for the County of San Diego

Awards and Honors

  • Winner of the 2010 San Diego Art Prize, San Diego Visual Arts Network
  • Southern California’s Top 10 Exhibitions for 2010 for “John Henry” at Luis De Jesus Gallery, HuffingtonPost.com
  • Gallery Exhibition of the Year, “John Henry” at The La Jolla Athenaeum, San Diego Fine Art Society
  • Top 10 Art Exhibitions for 2008, by Robert L. Pincus, San Diego Union Tribune

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Work has been featured or reviewed in publications such as Art in America, Art Ltd., LA Weekly, Installation Magazine, Artbound by KCET, Riviera Magazine, The San Diego Union Tribune, Wired, KPBS and The Huffington Post
  • Was the subject of a feature-length documentary, “Art by Constraint,” by filmmaker Dale Schierholt which aired on KPBS San Diego
  • Featured on KPBS television series, "Spectrum"