About the Artist

Addison Newton Likins,   la plata, MD

Addison Likins is a James Madison University graduate who studied photography and film making at the University of Virginia graduate school. He worked as an editor and reporter at the Harrisonburg, Va. Daily News-Record, taught English and Journalism at Orange County, Va. High School, and worked as an art and technical designer, and later as an analyst and manager for the Prince George’s County Schools in Maryland. He retired from the Maryland school district in 2011, and since then has pursed his artistic passions. He currently exhibits in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Over the past three years he has been selected for over 20 Juried Shows at the Maryland Federation of Art galleries in the Lowe House of Delegates, The Annapolis Circle Gallery and the Annapolis Marine Museum, and multiple Juried shows at the Hill Center Art Gallery, on Capital Hill, Washington, DC. His sculpture, photography and Poetry were selected for the December of 2018 juried show at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery located next to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Edward R. Myerburg Center in Baltimore in November, 2018. He was also selected for the Juried Maryland State Arts Council Show in Baltimore Maryland for December, 2018 through January, 2019. He received honorable mention in the International art-competion.net’ “Scapes_2018” contest and was short listed in the 2018 International Motif Collective juried show, “Silhouettes”, “Landscapes” , “Black and White”, and “Sunrise, Sunset” juried shows in 2019. One of his paintings, “Men of Steel” was recently selected by the Biggs American Museum of Art in Dover, Delaware. He has also had multiple appearances in juried shows at the Anne Marie Sculpture Gardens and Art Center, in Solomons, Md. where he won a Juror’s Award in 2017, the Underground Gallery of Arlington, Va., the Lynchburg Academy Center of the Arts in Lynchburg, Virginia, the Fredericksburg, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts where has been awarded one third place and four honorable mentions over the past year, multiple appearances at the Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Marbury, Md, taking third in an all media juried show in 2017, The Waldorf West Library, Waldorf, MD, the Charlotte Veterans Home, Charlotte Hall, Md, The Shop 53 Gallery in La Plata, MD, and the Community Banks of the Chesapeake in Waldorf and LaPlata, MD. and Fredericksburg, Virginia. He has shown sculptures in juried shows at the Mattawoman Creek Art Center, the Fredericksburg Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Underground Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia, the Circle Gallery and Lowe House of Delegates in Annapolis, Maryland, and the Pepco Edison Gallery in Washington, D.C. His most recent photographic publications were in the Mensa Bulletin Magazine with center spreads in the March, 2017 and August 2015 editions. He was featured on the covers of the July, 2017 and September, 2018 editions of the Mensa Bulletin Magazine. The Fredericksburg Virginia Free-Lance Star published his photograph, “Waiting for the Train” in August, 2017, was published in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources 2016 Calendar and magazine, and the Community Bank of the Chesapeake Calendar for 2017 and 2018. He also has had solo shows at the Quality Printers Gallery, White, Plains, Md, The Commissioners” Gallery, La Plata, Md, the Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Marbury, Md. and the University of Maryland Charles County Regional Medical Center. He currently has a solo show at the Town Hall of La Plata, MD and Charlotte Hall Community Bank of the Chesapeake, and Paul’s Homewood Café in Annapolis, MD. He recently completed solo shows at Maryland State Senator Arthur Ellis’ senate office suite in Annapolis, MD and had a duo show at the Fredericksburg Virginia Creative Arts Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was featured as an artist in an article in the Maryland Independent, September 4, 1917, issue, and recently surpassed 70 million views of his photographs on Google Maps that were posted over the past three years. He received honorable mentions in three categories; photography, sculpture and poetry in the recent Beacon Press Celebration of the Arts Juried show. Four of his photographs have been selected by National Geographic Editors during the past two years.

Addison Likins Artist Statement: “I am always amazed by how we appear oblivious to or distracted from the full extent of the beautiful and astounding aspects of the universe right before our eyes as we go about our hectic lives. My passion is creating or capturing and sharing these missed opportunities through my art… and reliving the thrill of that captivating moment each time the work is viewed. For the most part, the same concept applies to my sculptures, which is a trade I honed in over a decade as a Science Center Specialist at the Owens Science Center where I created or designed large scale abstract sculptures. I do favor more abstract creations in my sculptures, harboring a penchant for exploring pareidolia, with the caveat that I intentionally create forms that foster this phenomenon, as with ‘Knockout’ and ‘Out of the Blocks’ . I also try to merge art and science in my creations, often using science and mathematical concepts and people as a subject for my sculpture creations, as with ‘Quantum Conundrum’, ‘Out of the Stone Age’ and ‘Albert’. ”

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