Reginald C. Adams and Rhonda Radford Adams
Reginald C. Adams is a public artist and community developer. He is best known for his brilliantly colored tile mosaic and painted murals and sculptures, which are strategically located in some of Houston’s most historic and underserved neighborhoods. His creativity and approach to his artwork is inspired by his travels to more than 24 countries around the globe. Adams fundamentally believes that everyone deserves access and exposure to the arts and strives to engage the general public in the design and production of his public art projects.
Over the past 11 years he has served as President and CEO of the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston (MOCAH), which is a non-profit art corporation that he co-founded in 1999 with his wife and art partner, Rhonda Radford-Adams. Through MOCAH, Reginald has facilitated the design, coordination and production over 100 public art projects across the Houston area. More than $3MM has been reinvested back into Houston communities through these public art projects and programs. These projects have been co-created with the involvement of over 15,000 area youth, 90 international, national and local artists and hundreds of community stakeholders.
He was actively involved in bringing new and quality affordable housing to Houston through his role as the President of the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (LARA), a nonprofit corporation that acquires chronically tax delinquent properties throughout Houston. As President of LARA, Reginald helped guide and grow the organization towards being the largest nonprofit property owner in the city of Houston with an inventory of over 1,000 lots ready for development with annual revenues of over $12MM. Over 250 affordable homes have been built through LARA over the past 4 years.
Reginald is a senior fellow with the American Leadership Forum (ALF) Class 24, an alumnus of Leadership Houston Class 28 and President-elect of the Rotary Club of Houston Skyline. He was recently honored by the Houston Press with their annual 2010 Mastermind Award, an honor recognizing creative professionals that are making a significant impact on the city of Houston through the arts.
Rhonda Radford-Adams is a native Houstonian and life artist whose style of artwork can be described as healing forms. With more than 30 years of studio experience, Rhonda’s paintings incorporate color and movements that are playful and visually intriguing. Her designs offer visual affirmations that inspire, encourage and satisfy all that experience its presence. “My art is a reflection of my life’s experiences though color, form and movement. Each creation is conjured by empowering emotions.”, says Rhonda. Her latest body of creation is known as the ARTRRA Collection, a series of art inspired mantras brought to life in the original and published works of Art by Rhonda Radford Adams.
Much of Rhonda’s creativity is fueled by her travels abroad and her fascination to understand ancient shamanic traditions of using art to come into alignment or focus with mind, body and soul. From the bold and rhythmic patterns of West African fabrics to the fine handmade papers of Japan, Rhonda has juxtaposed these influences beautifully into a masterful array of art media such as paintings, collages and textiles. She has published several of her original art works, which are in public and private collections nationally and internationally.Rhonda intends for her artwork to serve as an illustration of the uplifting and healing power that creative experiences provide us with.
By 2000, Rhonda’s passion for promoting social wellness through community creativity lead to the collective vision, with husband and creative partner Reginald, as co-founders for the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston (MOCAH). Included in the MOCAH family of programs, Rhonda also serves as director for the Art Angels Healing Arts Program, a program that provides art as a tool to help promote and advocate social wellness for various support groups. Rhonda has worked extensively with community based service organizations, hospitals and schools to provide opportunities for creative interaction with many.
Although she always considered a degree in the arts, Rhonda graduated from Lamar University with an Associate’s degree in Applies Sciences for Dental Hygiene in 1990. However, Rhonda says she always knew that her career as a dental hygienist would lead to her passion for art. Now with more than 20 years of experience she has managed to juxtapose her lingering enthusiasm for art and dentistry through a series of children’s health art stories, entitled “The Hot S.P.I.T. Chronicles”
Through her passion for life and a personal commitment to help provide art experiences to others, Rhonda combines her visual art with an assemblage of inspiring words that have come to be known as the ARTRRA Mantra….