Adams, John Ottis (American, 1851 - 1927)
Hoosier impressionist artist John Ottis Adams was born on July 8, 1851 in Johnson County, Indiana. He was a member of the renowned “Hoosier Group” of artists that reached their zenith during the period of 1890 through 1915.
Adams studied for two years at Wabash College before leaving for London to study at South Kensington Art School in London. He returned to the United States a few years later and opened a studio in Muncie. After four years he returned to Europe and studied at the Royal Academy in Munich, Germany. After seven years abroad, he returned to Muncie and opened another studio and taught art classes. He married his former art student, Winifred Brady, on October 1, 1898 at her parents’ home on East Charles Street in Muncie. Winfred’s sister Elizabeth was the wife of Frank Ball, co-founder of the Ball Brothers Manufacturing Company. Adams died on January 28, 1927. He and Winifred are both buried in Beech Grove Cemetery in Muncie.
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