On Sunday, March 30, Lourdes University will present its 4th installment in the Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak Lecture Series. Held in the Franciscan Center at 2 p.m., this year’s lecture will feature renowned artist Leslie Adams.  

“It is great for Lourdes University to have such an astounding and accomplished artist share her passion with us.  Leslie is not just an artist, but a teacher, mentor, and an arts advocate.  The students and the community should be very excited to have Leslie discuss her artwork.  It is not every day that we have such local talent in front of us, especially one that has been successful regionally, nationally and internationally,” shares Todd Matteson, Chair of Lourdes Department of Art.

About Leslie Adams:

Leslie’s work has been exhibited internationally and is included in numerous public and private collections in the United States and abroad. As a student, she received the grand prize in the first International Drawing Competition sponsored by the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. As a working artist, her paintings and drawings have received a multitude of awards from institutions including the Toledo Museum of Art, Butler Institute of American Art, National Arts Club, and the Art Student’s League of New York. She has been honored with Awards of Excellence for her paintings in International Portrait Competitions sponsored by the American Society of Portrait Artists’ Foundation, Portrait Society of America, and the Art Renewal Center.

In 2007, Leslie had her first major solo exhibition at the Ella Sharp Museum of Art & History – an exhibition which showcased the body of work she produced during the first decade of her career in portraiture. In addition, Leslie’s work was selected for inclusion in Inspiring Figures: An Exhibit Celebrating American Women in Figurative Art at the Butler Museum of American Art and Here’s Looking at You: Portraits by Ohio Artists in the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery.

Of more recent note, the Ella Sharp Museum of Art & History has acquired the work of Leslie Adams for the Museum’s permanent collection. The portrait is the first work by Adams acquired by a Museum in the United States. Leslie’s work was also included in the 93rd Annual Toledo Area Artist’s Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art where it received its highest honor. Curated by the Museum’s Director, Brian Kennedy, PhD, and Curator of Contemporary Art, Amy Gilman, Leslie was awarded the first solo exhibition offered in the show’s history. As a prominent portrait artist, Leslie has completed two gubernatorial and four official portraits for the State of Ohio including portraits for the Ohio Senate and the Supreme Court of Ohio.

 Self portrait drawing by Leslie Adams

About the Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak Art Lecture Series:

The Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak Art Lecture Series was established in 2011 by Lourdes alumnus George Brymer and his wife Vicky, and named in honor of Lourdes art professor Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak, OSF. Sr. Jane Mary is an accomplished professor and artist. After teaching at Cardinal Stritch High School for 14 years, she joined the Lourdes community, where she served for nearly 30 years as Assistant Professor for the Art Department. Her ceramic and mural works are on display across the nation, from Texas to California to Ohio.

Free and open to the public. A reception with the artist will follow the lecture. For more information, contact Todd Matteson at 419-824-3683 or email tmatteson@lourdes.edu. For more on Leslie Adams visit www.leslieadams.com