Historical Utah Artists

Willis A. Adams (1854 – 1932)

Born in Goshen, Indiana in 1854, Willis A. Adams worked for a photographic business in Goshen where he touched up photographs. He enrolled at the Chicago Art Institute before going to Utah in 1870. He and his brother initially set up a photography studio in Ogden. Adams opened a second studio in Park City and lived and worked there the rest of his life.

He worked in oils, watercolors, pastels, charcoal, crayon, and pencil drawings.

Associates: H. L. A. Culmer, J. T. Harwood, Lee Richards, A. B. Wright, Edwin Evans, and LeConte Stewart.  He frequently painted with John Hafen.

Exhibition History
1904, Worlds’ Fair

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