Literary Arts, Media Arts, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts
Artist Statement“I am always amazed by how we appear oblivious to or distracted from the full extent of the beautiful and astounding aspects of the universe right before our eyes as we go about our hectic lives. My passion is creating or capturing and sharing these missed opportunities through my art… and reliving the thrill of that captivating moment each time the work is viewed. For the most part, the same concept applies to my sculptures, which is a trade I honed in over a decade as a Science Center Specialist at the Owens Science Center. I do favor more abstract creations in my sculptures, harboring a penchant for exploring pareidolia, with the caveat that I intentionally create forms that foster this phenomenon.
Addison N. Likins Biography
Addison Newton Likins, a Charles County, Maryland resident since 1990, has been a photographer for 47 years since he took photographs as editor of the Ferrum College Newspaper in 1969, and became a full time professional photographer and journalist the next year for the Daily News Record in Harrisonburg, Virginia, while attending James Madison University.
He later became a High School English and Journalism teacher where he, among other duties, taught classes in photography. He also took additional photography and film making classes at the University Of Virginia Graduate School during that time.
Subsequently, Addison became a Science Center Specialist at the Owens Science Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and editor of the Science Report for the Prince George’s County Public Schools. During the following 11 years he provided writing and photography support for science activities in the school system as well as designing and building science structures and systems with his small staff as documented both in the Washington Post and Washington Times. Also, in that period, one of his photographs was published as a cover photograph for the Science and Children Magazine and he was a member of the Laurel Art Guild, Maryland, as a sculptor and fine art photographer.
Following his stint at the Owens Science Center, he took a twenty four year hiatus from professional photography and art as a manager and Senior Analyst for Prince George’s Schools, retiring in 2011, although he continued to develop his art when possible for his own consumption. In October of 2014, totally bored with retirement, Addison took up his passion for art again and decided to share his passion with the art community once again.
He has had two center photo spreads published in the Mensa Bulletin during 2015, and a photograph published in the Department of Natural Resources’ winter 2016 Magazine and in their 2016 Calendar as a second place winner in their 2015 photo contest. Recently , he has shown at the Lowe House of Delegates Gallery Juried Show in Annapolis, Maryland, had three pieces selected for the National Juried Photography Show at the Academy Center for the Arts in Lynchburg, Virginia, accepted for multiple juried shows at the Circle Gallery with the Maryland Federation of Artists in Annapolis, Maryland, the Crystal City Underground Gallery’s juried show, “Road Trip” in Arlington, Virginia, multiple appearances in the Charlotte Hall Veterans Gallery in Charlotte Hall Maryland, multiple appearances at the Waldorf West Library Gallery, Waldorf, Maryland, multiple Juried Shows at the Annemarie Sculpture Gardens and Art Center in Dowell, Maryland, where he was Awarded the cash Juror’s Award for his print, “Dogging the Walk”, in the center’s fall 2016 “Pets” art show, multiple appearances at the Chesapeake Bank Galleries in Waldorf and La Plata, multiple shows at the Mattawoman Creek Art Center and where he recently received a juror award for sculpture in the all media juried show, and had a solo exhibit February through April, 2016 at the Commissioners’ Gallery at the Charles County Government Center in La Plata, Maryland. He will be having an individual show, “On and Off the Wall”, beginning March 24, 2017 at the Mattawoman Creek Art Center where he will display both his sculptural and two dimensional art works.
He has had over 300 photographs receive top ratings, on the 500px photography site in the past year, and has had over 32 million views of his photographs on Google Plus since June of 2015. He also had an “editor’s pick” on the “Your Shot” National Geographic site in 2015.
He is a graduate of James Madison University, attending Ferrum College, and graduate schools at the University of Virginia and University of Maryland. He also received training at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, Ca. and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Charles County Arts Alliance, The Maryland Federation of Art, The Mattawoman Creek Art Center, and the Prince George’s County Science Fair Association where he served one year as president, and the Mensa Society.
Addison Likins lives in La Plata, Maryland, is married to Hortencia Likins, and has two sons, Carlos Likins, a graduate of Salisbury University and Jacob Likins, a senior at La Plata High School.