Adam Carlin – PSU Art & Social Practice

Adam Carlin

Adam Carlin lives and works in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is currently the Director of Greensboro Project Space, a contemporary art center at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Program Director for the Community Arts Collaborative where he creates and oversees community engaged projects for the School of Art, Theatre, Music, and Dance. He is formerly the Visiting Curator at Bennett College, Co-Director of Some Thing Spacious Gallery, and Founder of Art Maker Avenue, center for visual and performing arts in Oakland, CA. He is also co-founder and co-Director of Creek Colleges, an organization that creates schools on the banks of rivers, lakes, and creeks that are going through active restoration. He has a BFA in Sculpture from California College of the Arts and is currently pursuing his MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University. He has received grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more. Carlin has most recently done projects at ZERO1 Museum, The LAB, PSU Assembly, Somarts, The Window Project at Georgia State University, and The Mondavi Center at UC Davis.

Greensboro Project Space (GPS) is a contemporary art center at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro that focuses on socially engaged art. Since opening in July 2016, GPS has quickly become the premier space to view contemporary art in Greensboro, acting as a public and creative platform for the School of Art, Theatre, Music, and Dance. GPS’s goal is to create a bridge between diverse communities in Greensboro, and students and faculty at UNCG through creative, dynamic, and collaborative public programming.

Creek Colleges are experimental schools that bridge art and environmental conservation through a barter system. We offer a range of free art courses to local community in exchange for aid in the restoration of watersheds suffering from environmental degradation. Our goal is to create an experiential learning environment that combines art and stewardship with a focus on accessibility and inclusivity.

Creek College originated in the form of a question; how can we, as artists, make the broadest impact in aiding restoration efforts? We began to ask; can a poem benefit a creek? In what ways can sound, dance, sculpture, design, and other art practices bring attention to creek restoration?

Our aim is to catalyze a public response to environmental risks, and to consider the ways in which art, education, and environment create a sense of place, security, and meaning. We partner with local watershed councils and ecologists to develop our barter system. Our classes are designed by local artists- many working at the intersection of art and conservation for various ages, interests, and skill levels. In this way, the project creates a broad cultural context for diverse groups to connect, share, and examine the needs of the environment.