Artist Statement

Inspired by our history as a species, our mythologies and fairytales, and most of all our achievements as mankind, I dedicate my work to the tiny moments of invincibility of the human spirit. I use the ancient art form of storytelling with the modern tools of photography to create unique and theatrical landscapes and characters out of real world objects and people. My interpretations of the best of the human spirit are personal statements made to stimulate and inspire the emotions of independence, defiance and freedom, while commenting on the relationship we have with the world around us.

Fine Art Photographer

Kelsi Adams

Navarre, FL 32566

Tel. 850.686.9271
Em.  IgniteArtistry@icloud.com

About the Artist

Kelsi Adams is an artist, designer, wife and mother. Raised in northwest Florida, she attended Pensacola State College and earned her A.S. in Graphic Design in 2015. Kelsi’s artistic journey however, began in 2010 in a concert photo pit in North Carolina. She fell in love with the challenge of capturing the theatrics of the show, and like all of the things that go into putting on a great show, she uses her experiences in photography and design to create a unique esthetic of storytelling through her artwork.  

Kelsi shows in art galleries, markets and art festivals throughout the year. For a schedule of events and locations, please follow her Facebook page. 

Education & Experience:

2015           A.S. in Graphic Design, Pensacola State College

2017           Vice President of Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc. 

2017-2018      President of Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc.

2017-2018     Director, 24th Annual Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts Festival

2018-2019 Director, 25th Annual Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts Festival

2017-Current Current Vendor of Palafox Market, Pensacola, FL

2018-Current Collaborating artist with Jim Henson Productions on a production project.

2018-Current Current Member of Blue Morning Gallery, Pensacola, FL



2014          PSC Juried Student Art Show, B&W film photography "Death's Face" & "Drowned"

2015          PSC Juried Student Art Show, Photographic Installation works, "Gene's Journal" & "Peephole"; Digital Photography, Commercial/Product "Kraken Rum Cake"; Commercial/Portraits "Laquan" & "Independence Day with Maia"; 3D Sculpture "Grow", + two other works.

2015          Artel Museum, Juried Show, "Evelyn's Journey"

2016          PSC Juried Student Art Show, Composite Photography "Take Flight", "Ideen" & "Evelyn's Journey"

2016          Two Person Exhibit at Taste, Wine and Tapas Bar in Fort Walton Beach, FL

2017          PSC Juried Student Art Show, "The Birdwalkers"- 

2017          Juried into Palafox Market

2017          Artel Members Show, "In the Land of Giants"

2018 Artel Juried Show ‘Stranger Things’, “Into the Red Forest“

2019 Solo Exhibition, “The Choices We Make”, The Vault at Artel Gallery


Awarded Scholarships and Grants:

2013-2015     McDonalds Hospitality Scholarship

2014              PEO Scholarship Award

2015              Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival Grant 

2015              American Advertising Award, Silver "ADDY" in product photography for "Kraken Rum Cake"

2016              American Advertising Award, Silver "ADDY" in Illustration for "Evelyn's Journey"

Others           Peggy Overstreet Lind Scholarship, Julie Krause Memorial Scholarship


Festivals and Awards:

2017          23rd Annual Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts, Award of Excellence

2017          TroyFest, Troy, AL, Best Freshman Artist & Best in Photography

2017          Emerging Artist, Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival in Pensacola, FL

2018          24th Annual Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts Festival, Award of Excellence

2018          Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival, Fairhope, AL

2018          Mainsail Art Festival, St. Petersburg, FL

2018 Mattie Kelly Arts Festival, Destin, FL- Oct. 2018

2018 Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, Pensacola, FL- November 2018, Sponsor Award

2018 Downtown Art Show, Gainesville, FL- Dec. 2018

2019 Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts Festival, Gulf Breeze, FL- March 2019

2019 LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival, Tallahassee, FL- April 2019

2019 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Fernandina Beach, FL- May 2019

2019 The Nashville National Art Festival, Franklin, TN- June 2019

2019 Downtown Art Show, Gainesville, FL- November 2019