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Clinton Adams
Born (1918-12-11)December 11, 1918
Glendale, California, United States
Died May 13, 2002(2002-05-13) (aged 83)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Nationality American

Clinton Adams (December 11, 1918 – May 13, 2002) was an American artist and art historian. He was known for his contributions to the field of lithography.


Adams was born in Glendale, California. He worked in the art department of the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) but eventually left to serve in the military. He returned to UCLA in 1946. From 1961 to 1976, he was the Dean of the University of New Mexico.

As a painter, Adams worked in several mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolor painting, and egg tempera. He also produced lithographs, and was the co-author of The Tamarind Book of Lithography (1971), an important description of the process. Among his other writings is American Lithographers (1987), a history of the art in the United States from 1900 to 1960.[1]

Adams received the Governor's Award for "Outstanding Contributions to the Arts of New Mexico" in 1985, and in 1993 he became a member of the National Academy of Design.[2] He died of liver cancer[3] on May 13, 2002, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Clinton Adams, 83, a Painter Who Helped Resurrect Lithography". The New York Times. June 2, 2002. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 
  2. "National Academicians: A". Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  3. Miracle on the mesa: a history of the University of New Mexico, 1889-2003. University of New Mexico Press for the Office of the President. 2006. p. 336. ISBN 0-8263-4016-4. 

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