Adele Wayman is a painter and creator of installations and altars. She has received artist’s residency grants to Yaddo and Millay Colony for the Arts. There have been exhibitions of her work in NYC and Boca Raton with Bernice Steinbaum’s gallery; in DC at Gallery K and Gallery 10 and also in 2002 in a solo exhibit at Sidwell Friends School. She was invited to show her work in Beijing, China. Her art has been widely exhibited in North Carolina in invitational and juried exhibitions.
Adele grew up in Greensboro, NC and attended Vassar College where she earned her BA, cum laude in European History. Her art studies continued at the Art Students League in New York, the Corcoran School of Art, in Washington, DC. and the Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Adele lives in the country outside Greensboro, NC where she and her furniture-making husband work in their studio, Forest Light, and take frequent fly fishing trips together. She grows the flowers she paints, has a daily Zen meditation practice and is continually expanding her vision and approach to art-making.
Adele was an enthusiastic and committed teacher, Hege Professor of Art at Guilford College for 40 years. As a young professor she received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1989. She retired in Spring 2014 and was awarded the Hendricks Service Award and in September 2015, received an Exemplary Educator Award from the Guilford College Alumni Association.
My home and studio are in the woods in central NC. Surrounded by trees I have painted them in every kind of weather, season and light. I call my studio Forest Light. As an art professor at Guilford College for 40 years I have been profoundly influenced by Quaker beliefs. Holding others in the light is a deep and powerful way of living, parallel to my own spiritual practice of Buddhist meditation. I feel that my choice of what to paint and formal decisions about color and light echo my beliefs and I hope that my art brings meaning and delight to the experience of people who see them.