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|Died||May 13, 2002 (aged 83)|
|Elected||National Academy (1992)|
Adams was born in Glendale, California. He worked in the art department of the University of California, Los Angeles, but eventually left to serve in the military. He returned to UCLA in 1946. From 1961 to 1976, he was the Dean of the University of New Mexico.
As a painter, Adams worked in several mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolor painting, and egg tempera. He also produced lithographs, and was the co-author of The Tamarind Book of Lithography (1971), an important description of the process. Among his other writings is American Lithographers (1987), a history of the art in the United States from 1900 to 1960.
Adams received the Governor's Award for "Outstanding Contributions to the Arts of New Mexico" in 1985, and in 1993 he became a member of the National Academy of Design. He died of liver cancer on May 13, 2002, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- "Clinton Adams, 83, a Painter Who Helped Resurrect Lithography". The New York Times. June 2, 2002. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
- "National Academicians: A". Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- Miracle on the mesa: a history of the University of New Mexico, 1889-2003. University of New Mexico Press for the Office of the President. 2006. p. 336. ISBN 0-8263-4016-4.
- Clinton Adams papers, 1934-2002 from the Smithsonian Archives of American Art
- Oral history interview with Clinton Adams, 1974 Mar. 29 from the Archives of American Art
- Oral history interview with Clinton Adams, 1995 Aug. 2-3 a second interview from the Archives of American Art