Adam C Walls


Play Therapy, New Sculptures on Campus Reminiscent of Childhood

by Brandi Butler of The Carolinian

As students and faculty return to USC Upstate this semester they will notice a new addition to the campus grounds: large, brightly colored metal sculptures vaguely shaped like children's toys. There are four in all on campus to date: 'Toy Defense', a yellow bulldozer-like toy with hands outstretched; the bright red jack-in-the-box called 'Christmas Surprise'; a purple and green plane called 'Solution' and 'Self Portrait', a purple and green toy with one arm a hammer and one arm a nail.  Each of these pieces is interactive, and their playful forms and sturdy construction invite curiosity and, sometimes as a result, physical exploration from those who view them.

These works were constructed by USC Upstate graduate Adam Walls, a sculptor who is...

03/2016 - 02/2017

Dogwood Arts Festival

Knoxville TN

04/2016 - 11/2016

Beyond Walls

Cornelius NC

04/2015 - 10/2015

Danville Art Trail

Danville VA

wood working and steel fabricated sculptures.

He received his MFA in Sculpture from Winthrop University in 2005 and his BA in Art Education from Limestone College in 1996. He is a member of CAA and Tri-State Sculptors. Adam's sculpture has been exhibited in numerous sculpture parks and sculpture exhibitions across the country. Adam's current work is predominantly monumentally scaled steel fabricated forms which often reflect his interest in escapist fantasy.

As an educator with over a decade of teaching experience, Adam's dedication to his students is embodied in his pedagogy. He covers a variety of subjects that include steel fabrication, plaster casting and carving, wood working, the creation of volumetric forms using found objects, stone carving, and the creation of functional art and sculptural prosthetics. His teaching philosophy promotes students to find their own voice and to make use of a variety of materials to do so.

Adam Walls has taught at UNCP since 2007. His previous teaching experience includes Limestone College , USC-Upstate, and an assistantship with Winthrop University. Before teaching at the college level, Adam has taught six years in the public school system, three years for art centers and other private institutions, and operated his own ceramics studio where he taught pottery and won numerous awards for his ceramics as well as his

03/2016 - 02/2017

Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition​

Polk County FL

04/2016 - 04/2017


Anderson SC

 09/2015 - 08/2016


Rocky Mount NC

04/2016- 04/2017

National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

N. Charleston SC

02/2016 - 02/2016


Greenville NC

05/2015 - 05/2016

Downtown Sculpture Trail

Clayton NC

05/2015 - 03/2017

Suwanee SculpTour

Suwanee GA

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Adam Walls: Animated Steel 
by Amelia Trevelyan with International Sculpture Center 

Adam Walls’s intimate engagement with steel links the divergent forms of his work. His sculptural output moves back and forth along a fairly broad spectrum of possibilities. At one end is the manipulation of raw steel into human-scaled, simplified forms, unfinished and left to rust (Mother and Child, Figures, Rings I and II). Such sculptures read...

Adam Walls "Playtoon" Choose for 4th Biennial Sculpture Exhibition

by Monessa Guilfoil with Around and About Chattanooga

Public Art Chattanooga rolls out the 4th Biennial sculpture exhibit placing large-scale, rotating sculptures in public places in the downtown area.   “Playtoon” by sculptor and teacher, Adam Walls is one of  seven artworks chosen through this international juried competition.   PAC is a part of Chattanooga Parks and...

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