Adger Cowans

About the Artist


“For me, the artist’s responsibility is to keep the temple (body, mind, and spirit) clear, clean and open by being aware and by keeping watch over what enters it mentally and physically.  When it is so tuned, the creative impulses can be fully received and reflected to the highest degree, where line, form, and color define a space that the viewer can feel with the heart, explore with the eyes, and contemplate with the mind.” 

- Adger W. Cowans

Adger Cowans, a fine arts photographer and abstract expressionist painter, has experimented with a myriad of mediums over his artistic career. Renowned in the world of photography and fine art, his works have been shown by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, International Museum of Photography, Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum of Harlem, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Harvard Fine Art Museum, Detroit Art Institute, James E. Lewis Museum and numerous  other art institutions.

After attending Ohio University where he received a BFA in photography, Cowans furthered his education at the School of Motion Picture Arts and School of Visual Arts in New York. While serving in the United States Navy, he worked as a photographer before moving to New York, where he later worked with Life magazine photographer Gordon Parks and fashion photographer Henri Clarke.

Cowans was awarded the Lorenzo il Magnifico alla Carriera in recognition of a Distinguished Career at the 2001 Florence Biennale of Contemporary Art.  He is the recipient of a John Hay Whitney Fellowship and the Martin Luther King, Jr., Caesar Chavez, Rosa Parks Visiting Scholars Award, Wayne State University.

At his first one man show at the Heliography Gallery in New York, Jacob Deschin of the New York Times described Cowans’ work as “Boldly inventive and experimental...and the artist is a craftsman to his fingertips.”


Published Works


Sacred Bond: Black Men and their Mothers

A collection of photographs and interviews with thirty-five Black men reveals how their connection with their mothers influenced how they look at race, education, relationships, and family


Personal Vision: Photographs

Master American photographer Adger Cowan's predominantly black-and-white photography is collected in Personal Vision: Photographs, his monograph of original images taken over the past forty years. Cowans is one of the great unrecognized photographic luminaries of our time, and this magnificent book is a fitting and long-awaited tribute to his immense talent. Personal Vision follows Cowans's photographic evolution from Navy photographer to apprentice to the great Gordon Parks to history-shaping documenter of 1960s Harlem to a high-profile Hollywood portrait photographer with a larger-than-life clientele list, including Al Pacino, Jane Fonda, Katherine Hepburn, and Mick Jagger. Cowan's images embody 1960s documentary style, street journalism, portraiture and self-portrayals, still-lifes, and experimental work. Personal Vision captures the evolution and expansive talent of a single photographer who had access to worlds as diverse as Harlem street life and high-fashion models, and who continues to photograph today with gusto and imagination, creating one of the major archives of a living American photographer, seen here for the first time in an expansive collection.


Art In The Moment: Life and Times of Adger Cowans

Renowned artist, photographer and native of Columbus, OH, Agder W. Cowans, received a B.F.A. in photography from Ohio University. He furthered his photographic education at the School of Motion Picture Arts, and the School of Visual Arts, Film Editing in New York. Cowans worked with artist legends Gordon Parks, Lillian Bassman, Ben Somoroff and others, is the recipient of the John Hay Whitney Fellowship, and the Lorenzo il Magnifico Al Carriera in recognition of a distinguished career at the 2001 Florence Biennale of Contemporary Art.


curriculum vitae



One Man Shows

2018 Personal Vision:  The Exhibition, Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock AR

2007 Running Deep, The Phillips Museum, Franklin Marshall College, Lancaster PA

1986 Suriname, Martinique International Black Arts Festival, Martinique, West Indies

1985 The Djukas of Suriname, Raymond Ker Gallery, New York, NY

1981 Moments, Green Space, New York, NY

1977 Jade Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

1975 Shado Gallery Oregon City, OR

1975 Impressions, Friends Gallery, James Van Der Zee Institute, New York, NY

1968 Ketchum, MacLeod and Grove Gallery, New York, NY

1968 United States Information Agency Traveling Exhibit, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe

1967 Warwick and Legler, New York, NY

1967 Cunningham and Walsh, New York NY

1967 Benton and Bowles, New York, NY

1967 Heliography Gallery, New York, NY

1966 Batten, Barton, Durston and Osborne, New York

1966 Grey Advertising, New York

1966 First World Festival of Negro Arts, Dakar, Senegal

1965 McCann-Ericson, New York, NY

1963 The Heliographers, Heliography Gallery, New York, NY


Group Shows

2020 Kamoinge: The First Twenty Years, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Whitney Museum, New York, NY

2020 Soul of a Nation, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX

2019 The Art of Rebellion, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI

2019 Soul of a Nation, San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts

2019 Contact High: A Visual History of Hip Hop, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA

2018 Soul of a Nation, Tate Modern, London, UK, Crystal Bridges, AR, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY, The Broad, Los Angeles, CA

2018 People, Places and Things, Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2016 Never Done, City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2016 Walton Gallery, Frame X Frame, St Petersburg, FL

2016 New Works, Hearne Fine Arts Gallery, Little Rock, AR

2016 New Photography, Merton Simpson Gallery, New York, NY

2015 Like Then and Now: Looking Through the Lens of Three Leading African-American Artists, Merton Simpson Gallery, New York, NY

2015 Timeless: The Photographs of Kamoinge, Kenkelaba Gallery, NY

2011 Audiodacity: Music as Muse, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2011 Elements of Soul, Chashama Gallery, New York, NY

2010 Mahogany Due II: American Artist in South Hampton, South Hampton Historical, South Hampton, NY 

2009 Beyond Perception, Dell Pryor Gallery, Detroit, MI

2009 Sound, Print, Record:  African American Legacies, University of Delaware, Wilmington, DE

2008 Visual Essence, Dell Pryor Gallery, Detroit, MI

2008 Collaborations: Two Decades of Excellences, Hearne Fine Art Gallery, Little Rock, AR

2008 Cowans Phillips Harris, International Art Gallery, Washington, DC.

2008 Apart Together, HP Garcia Gallery, New York, NY 

2007 Not Where, But When, HP Garcia Gallery, New York, NY

2007 Lyrical Art Form, Hip Hop, A Global Notice, Dell Pryor Gallery, Detroit, MI

2007 Star Struck, Tullia Booth Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

2007 Current: Contemporary Photographs by Former Heliographers, HP Garcia Gallery, New York, NY

2007 Africobra, Hampton University Museum, Jamestown, VA

2006 Kamoinge, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

2005 Chemistry of Color, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

2003 Water, Tullia Booth Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

2002 Different Directions, New Jersey School of Architecture Gallery

2001 Biennale Internazional dell’arte Contemporanea Firenze, Italy 

2001 Reflections In Black, Smithsonian African America Photography, Detroit, MI

2001 Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

2001 Call and Response: Curated by Adger Cowans, Dell Pryor Gallery Detroit, MI

2001 Time Lapse, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2000 Blackness In Color, Herbert Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

1999 Gallery M, New York, NY

1999 Locating the Spirit: Religion and Spirituality in African American Art, Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, Washington, DC 

1999 World Famous Artist International Show and Korean – American Artists, Cho Hyung Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1998 Black NY Artist of the 20th Century, Schomburg Center, New York, NY

1998 Seeing Jazz, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC

1998 Sweeps and Views: Clark and Cowans, Rush Art Gallery, New York, NY

1997 Group Show, Cathedral of St John the Divine. New York, NY

1996 Captured Moments: Cowans, Dubasky, Thompson, June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY

1996 Just Jazz, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1995 Two Contemporary Photographers, Emily Lowe Gallery at Hofstra Museum, Hamsted N.Y.

1993 I Sight: Adger Cowans and Toni Parks, Gordon Parks Gallery at The School of New Resources, Bronx, NY

1993 Three New Perspectives: Cowans, Walker, Pontiflet, Cinque Gallery, New York, NY

1993 Contemporary African American Artist, College of Fine Arts, Palermo, Italy

1992 Photography Show, Cinque Gallery, New York, NY

1991 In The Full Effect, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH

1990 Selected Photographs: The Paul Jones Collection, Spellman College, Atlanta, GA

1989 Contemporary African American Print Makers, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT

1987 Abstract, Triangle Fine Arts International,  New York, NY

1986 Two Schools: NY and Chicago, Kenkeleba House and Jamaica Arts Center, Queens, NY

1984 Morning of the Blue Queen, Public Arts Piece, First Women’s Bank, New York, NY

1983 New American Arts, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, New York NY

1983 Contemporary African American Photographers, Featherstone Art Museum, Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Greensboro, NC, Los Angeles, CA, Oberlin, OH

1981 Moments, Green Space Gallery, New York NY

1979 SoWeTo, African – American Heritage Studies Conference Exhibition, United Nations Building, New York, NY

1979 Africobra – Farafandugu, Center D'Art, Port Au Prince, Haiti

1979 Self Portraits Exhibit, Black Enterprise Magazine, Black Photographers Annual Exhibit, US Tour

1978 Roosevelt Public Gallery, Roosevelt City, NY

1977 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (SESPAC), Lagos, Nigeria

1977 CBO: Color Images, Seagram Building, New York, NY

1976 Just Above: David Hammond, Adger Cowans, John Pinderhughes, Al Fennar, Midtown Gallery, New York, NY

1976 Photography in the Fine Arts (Curated by Ivan Dmitri), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

1975 Kamoinge Group Show, Harvard University, Boston, MA

1975 Kamoinge Workshop Group Show, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

1974 Kamoinge Group Show, Chicago School of Design, Chicago, Il

1973 Kamoinge Group Show, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

1972 Kamoinge Group Show, Studio Museum, Harlem, NY

1970 Kamoinge Group Show, Chicago School of Design, Chicago, IL

1970 Kamoinge Group Show, 141st Street Gallery, New York, NY

1968 New trends in Photography, DeCordova Museum, University of New Hampshire, Lincoln, MA and Durham, NH.

1967 Photography in the Fine Arts, Curated by Ivan Dmitri, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY  (Tour for 29 major art museums in the United States)

1967 The Heliographers, Lever House Gallery

1966 First World Festival of Negro Arts, Dakar Senegal

1963 International Group Show, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

1963 Yolo International Show, Yolo, CA

Stills for Feature Films

1999 Having Our Say

Directed by Lynne Littman, HBO TV

1998 24 - Hour Woman

Directed by Nancy Savoca, Artisan Entertainment

1997 Ice Storm

Directed by Ang Lee, 20th Century Fox

1997 Night Falls on Manhattan

Directed by Sidney Lumet, Paramount Pictures

1996 Don’t Be a Menace

Directed by Taris Barclay, Miramax Films

1996 I’m Not Rappaport

Directed by Herb Gardner, Universal Pictures

1996 Sunset Park

Directed by Steve Gomer, Tri Star Pictures

1994 Fresh

Directed by Boaz Yakin, Miramax Films

1994 Override

Directed by Danny Glover, Showtime Pictures

1993 Who’s The Man

Directed by Ted Demme, New Line Cinema

1993 The Cemetery Club

Directed by Bill Duke, Buena Vista Pictures

1993 Fires In The Mirror

Director, George C Wolfe, PBS TV

1993 Money for Nothing

Directed by Ramon Menendez, Buena Vista Pictures

1992 Boomerang

Directed by Reginald Hudlin, Paramount Pictures

1992 Juice

Directed by Ernest Dickerson, Paramount Pictures

1992 Love Field

Directed by Jonathan Kaplan, Orion Pictures

1992 Twilight: Los Angels

Offline Releasing, Directed by Marc Levin

1989 A Man Called Hawk

Directed by Bill Duke, ABC TV Series

1988 School Daze

Directed by Spike Lee, Columbia Pictures

1988 Stars and Bars

Directed by Pat O’Connor, Columbia Pictures

1987 Dirty Dancing

Directed by Emile Ardolion, Vestron Pictures

1986 Gung Ho

Directed by Ron Howard, Paramount Pictures

1984 Cotton Club 

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Totally Independent Productions 

1983 All The Right Moves  

Directed by M Chapman, 20th Century Fox 

1981 On Golden Pond

Directed by Mark Rydell, ITC Films 

1981 The Fan

Directed by Edward Biachi, Paramount Pictures 

1981 Rollover

Directed by Alan J.  Pakula Universal Pictures 

1980 Simon

Directed Alan Arkin, Orion Pictures

1979 Running

Directed by Steven Stern, Columbia Pictures 

1978 Eyes of Laura Mars

Directed by E. Kershner, Columbia Pictures

1977 Baron Wolfgang Von Trip

Directed by Phil Fenty

1976 Next Stop, Greenwich Village

Directed by Paul Mazursky, Columbia Pictures

1975 Aaron Loves Angela

Directed by Gordon Parks Jr., Columbia  

1974 Claudine

Directed by John Barry, Universal Pictures

1974 Conrack

Directed by Martin Ritt, 20th Century Fox

1973 Live and Let Die  

Directed by Guy Hamilton, United Artists

1973 The Way We Were

Directed by Sidney Pollack, Columbia Pictures

1973 Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams  

Directed by Gilbert Cates, Columbia Pictures 

1972 Across 110th Street

Directed by Barry Shera United Artists

1972 Hot Rock

Directed by Peter Yeates, 20th, Century Fox 

1972 Puzzle of A Downfall Child

Universal Pictures, directed by Jerry Shatzberg

1971 Panic in Needle Park

Directed by J Shatzberg, 20th Century Fox

1970 Cotton Comes To Harlem

MGM Pictures, directed by Ossie Davis

Art + Painting

Solo Shows

2018 Personal Vision, The Exhibition, Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock AR

2017 Personal Vision, New Door Creative Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2007 Running Deep, Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College

2005 Imagie: The Paintings of Adger Cowans Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock AR

1994 Illuminations: Paintings and Photographs, Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY

1992 New Interlude: Recent Paintings, Stiral Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1987 New Black and Gold Masked Dream Series, Janet Moody Gallery, New York, NY

1986 Rhythmic Visions:  The Gallery Show, New York, NY

1983 Canvas Rhythms, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

1983 Black and White Show for a Black and White Time, New York, NY

1983 New American Artist, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

1983 Gallery 62, Urban League, New York, NY

1982 New York’s Most Visionary Artist, Jazzonia Gallery, Detroit MI

1982 Spectrum Tones, Karamu House, Cleveland, OH

1981 Moments: The Water Photographs, Greene Space Gallery, New York, NY

1980 Masked Dreams and African Suite, Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

1979 Cinque Gallery, New York, NY

1977 Anne Graham Creative Arts Gallery, New York, NY

1976 William Easley Collectors Exhibit, New York NY

1975 Teachers Incorporated Gallery, New York, NY

1974 Omega House Gallery, New York, NY

1973 Omega House Gallery, New York, NY

1972 US Library, Tangiers Morocco

1971 Acts of Art Gallery: Rebuttal to The Whitney, Hunter College Art Galleries

Art + Painting

Group Shows

2019 Artists Choose Artists, Ground Floor Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2019 Africobra, Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2019 Kamoinge: The Photographs, AIPAD, New York NY

2018 Shelf Life, Institute Library, New Haven, CT

2018 Artists Choose Artists, Ground Floor Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2018 Africobra, Galarie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD

2018 Africobra, Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York NY 

2017 Jazz Photographs, National Jazz Week Dell Pryor Gallery, Detroit MI

2017 Artists Choose Artists, Ground Floor Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2016 Adger Cowans and Chuck Stewart, Dell Pryor Gallery, Detroit MI

2016 Artists Choose Artists, Ground Floor Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2015 Africobra Now: Works on Paper Like Now, Hearne Fine Art Gallery, Little Rock, AR

2015 Like Now, Merton Simpson Gallery, New York, NY

2015 Africobra Now: Liberated Images, Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY

2011 Bloom, Read’s Art Space, Bridgeport, CT

2008 A Day in The Life, The Harlem School of Arts, Harlem, NY

2007 Word Bridge Fair, Salomon Art, New York, NY

2003 Glimpses of America, Mercer County Community Gallery, Mercer, NJ

1999 Non A Latara Apartheid: The Photographs of Suriname, Martinique, West Indies

1997 Abstract, The Cathedral of St John The Divine, New York, NY

1997 New Paintings: Adger Cowans and Al Loving, Diane Brewster Artworks, New York, NY

1997 New York Artists: New Sensibilities curated by Al Loving at the 22 Wooster Gallery, New York, NY

1995 Stand, Paintings and Photographs, Emerging Collectors Gallery, New York, NY

1994 Sight: Photographs by Adger Cowans and Tony Barboza, The Gordon Parks Gallery, New Rochelle, NY

1993 Rainbow: Prints from Bob Blackburn’s Print Making Workshop, New York, NY

1992 Images of Sound: A Celebration of 21st Annual Black Musicians Conference, Augusta Savage Gallery, Amherst, MA

1991 The Search for Freedom: African American Abstract Painting – 1945 to 1979, Kenkeleba Gallery, New York, NY

1989 Blazzen, at The Ennis Francis House, New York, NY

1989 Contemporary African American Print Making Lyman Allyn Museum, New London CT

1989 Africobra and Group Fromaje, Howard University, Washington, D.C>

1987 Africobra in Detroit, National Conference of Artists Gallery, Detroit, MI

1987 Africobra, Martinique International Black Arts Festival, Martinique, West Indies

1982 Masked Dream Series, Renaissance Gallery, Shaker Heights, OH

Generation Ii, Hempstead, NY

1981 New York’s Most Visionary Artists, Jazzonia Gallery, Detroit, MI

1981 An Exhibition of Ten Artists, Just Above Midtown-Downtown Gallery, New York, NY

1981 Watercolors, Yolisa House, New York, NY

1979 New Paintings: Adger Cowans and Al Loving, Diane Brewer Artworks, New York, NY

1979 New York Artists: New Sensibilities, 22 Wooster Gallery, New York, NY

1978 Prints by Black Artists, American Standard Gallery, New York, NY

1978 FESTAC Reunion, Henry O’Tanner Gallery, New York, NY

1978 Bayou Classic Festival, New Orleans, LA

1978 LD Group International Prints, Randall Gallery, New York, NY

1978 Macrocosm-Microcosm, Tim Blackburn Gallery, New York, NY

1977 Summer Exhibition, Black Enterprise Magazine Gallery, New York, NY

1977 ICBO Exhibition, Seagram Building Gallery, New York, NY

1977 Second World Black and African Festival for Arts and Culture (FESTAC), Lagos, Africa

1975 Just Above Midtown Gallery, New York, NY

1974 Focal Point: The Symposium on Current Trends in Photography, Scudder Gallery, Durham NH


2012 Robert Indiana: New Perspectives, published by Hatje Gantz 

2010 Black Renaissance Noire, Cover, Bob Blackburn

2010 Black Renaissance Noire, Cover, Novella Nelson

2009 100 New York Photographers, by Cynthia Danztic 

2008 Kamoinge: The Sweet Breath of Life

2002 Eleven…Witnessing The World Trade Center 1974 - 2001, Contact Press International

1999 Photo Techniques: For What Else They Might Be, by AD Coleman, The Association of Heliographers

1995 Sharing The Vision Of 6 Photographers, by Helen Harrison, The New York Times

1994 Two Artists Known For Their Photographs and Paintings: Barbara Morgan & Adger Cowans, by Vivien Ranor, The New York Times

1991 African-American Abstraction: An Exploration, by Roberta Smith, The New York Times

1987 Birth, Catherine Millionaire, Harmony Books, New York, NY

1984 The Cotton Club, Life Magazine

1981 On Golden Pond, Photo Jane Fonda and Katherine Hepburn, Time Magazine

1981 Moments, Interview by Fred McDarrah, The Village Voice

1978 Routes, November, Portfolio and Feature

1978 American Rag, Arts Journal, Front and Back Cover

1978 Cue, August Issue, Cover/Michael Douglas

1977 Human Sexuality, College Textbook

1976 Black Photographers Annual, Volume Three

1975 Essence Magazine, March and August Issues

1974 Black Photographers Annual, Volume Two

1974 House and Garden

1973 Black Photographers Annual, Volume One

1969 Psychedelic Review

1968 Look Magazine, Gary Hatcher Article

1967 Art Direction Magazine

1967 US Camera

1966 Photography Annual

1966 Print, Cover and Portfolio, American Society of Magazine Photographers


2013 Gordon Parks: Up Close and Personal – The Lecture, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA

2009 Photography Lecture, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

1995 Artist in Residence, Colby College Waterville, ME

1990 Visual Images, Empire State College, New York, NY

1989 Project Adapt (United Foundation), Detroit, MI

1989 Montclair State College Fine Arts Department

1988 Project Adapt (United Foundation), Detroit, MI

1988 Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH

1988 Minority Arts Festival University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

1987 African Art Influence of 20th Century Art, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY 

1967 World Conference on Photography, Coral Gables FL


2019 Culture Magazine, Interview by Hank Willis Thomas

2018 Professional Photographer Magazine: Adger Cowans is Still Learning, Robert Kiener

2010 NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art by Dowoti Desir

2007 Running Deep with Photography and the Elixir of Life, by Dowoti Desir, The Phillips Museum of Art  at Franklin & Marshall College

2007 Colored Frames,  A Film by Lerone D. Wilson, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

2003 Amsterdam News, Interview by Linda Armstrong, Review of Show at Burgess Fine Arts

1977 Adger Cowans by Sharon Fitzgerald, One World Magazine

Special Projects

2019 The Green Book, The Three Shadows

2013 Gordon Parks: Up Close and Personal – The Lecture, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA

2009 United Nations Hotel, Permanent Exhibition, New York, NY

2001 Black Men Speak, The Image Nation, Harlem, NY

1999 Teacher, Ping Chong Project (Photography for Inner City Youth) Chicago, IL

1989 NAACP Commission for Children's Workshop, New London, CT

1989 Installation, The Centre, New York City, NY

1988 Installation, Sarafina Backstage Photo Essay, New House Theater, New York, NY

1988 Juror and Panelist, Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, OH

1983 - ‘84 Emanations: A Collection of Embossings, The Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop

1978 Baja by Adger Cowans LD Group International, New York, NY

Awards and Special Recognition

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, Howard University

2010 Color: Special Issues/Merit Award

2007 Limited Edition: Portfolio of Photographs for Photo-Lens Project by NCA

2002 Delivered a lecture and slide presentation of D’jukas at the University of Paris, Paris France

2001 Recipient of The Lorenzo II Magnifico Alla Carriera Award in recognition of a distinguished career in Florence, Italy

2001 Recipient of Gordon Parks Legendary Award Given by The Exposure Group, Washington D.C.

1999 Scholarly Paper delivered to the University of The Antilles, on the relationship between jazz and painting, Martinique, French West Indies

1992 Inducted Into Columbus Public Schools Hall Of Fame, Columbus Ohio

1987 Martin Luther King, Jr., Caesar Chavez, Rosa Parks Visiting Scholar, Wayne State University, Detroit MI

1987 Exhibitor, The Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting’s Movie Week Gracie Mansion, New York, NY

1986 Photography Portfolio and People, DRUM Magazine, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

1985 Visiting Artists, Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY

1985 1st Prize for So We To (etching), Atlanta Life International Arts Competition, Atlanta, GA

1984 Morning of the Blue Queen (Dedicated to Wilfredo Lam) commissioned by Tony Goldman for Public Arts Piece, SoHo Kitchen and Bar, New York, NY

1983 Consultant, The Afro – American Historical and Cultural Museum of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

1978 - ‘79 Consultant, LD Group International, New York, NY

1976 - ‘77 Bi-Centennial Exhibition, Afro – America Historical Cultural Museum, Philadelphia, PA

1967 Exhibitor and Lecturer, World Conference on Photography, Coral Gables, FL

1963 1st Prize for Sun and Trees (Black and White Photo), Yolo International Exhibition, Yolo, CA

1958 - ‘60 Winner of American Spirit Award, awarded by The US Armed Forces

Media Appearances

2017 CBS News with Scott Peley, WCBS –TV, New York, NY

2017 Historically Speaking: A Lifetime of Photographs by Adger Cowans ,  Tuliza Fleming and Aaron Bryant, African American History and Culture Museum, Washington D.C.

2017 Visually Speaking, Adger Cowans and C. Danny Dawson, Shomburg Center, Harlem, NY

2016 Through A Lens Darkening by Chimpanzee Productions, New York, NY

1987 Hatch – Billops Collection Interview by Shawn Walker

1979 Black Artist: Bridging the Gap, WCBS – TV, New York, NY

1978 Vibrations, KDJA – TV, Pittsburgh, PA

1977 Focus On Adger Cowans, Video Interview and Exhibit for Museum Use, Cleveland Museum of Fine Arts, Cleveland, OH


Art Collections


Museum Collections

The National Museum of African-American History and Culture, Washington D.C, Mott Museum Collection, Flint MI, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit MI, St Louis Fine Art Museum, St, Louis, MO, Whitney Museum, New York, NY, Reginald L Lewis Museum, Baltimore, MD, Mosaic Templar Cultural Center, Little Rock, AR, Howard University, Washington D.C., Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, University of Delaware, Wilmington, DE, Museum of The National Center of Afro-American Arts, Boston, MA

Selected Collections

Arco Corporation, Philadelphia PA, Eastman House, Rochester, NY, IBM Corporation, New York, NY, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY, Lincoln Hospital, New York, NY, Offices of New York State, Brooklyn, NY, SoHo Kitchen and Bar New York, NY, Thurman Payne Associates, Brooklyn, NY, Wall Street Kitchen and Bar, New York, NY, Dr. Joyce Alexander, Cleveland, OH, Roz Allen, New York, NY, Peg Alston, New York, NY, Marion and Effy Barry, Washington, DC, The Estate of Romare Bearden, New York, NY, Diane Carroll, Hollywood, CA, Faith Childs, New York, NY, Reginald L. Lewis, New York, NY, Abbey Lincoln, New York, NY, Lester Mitchell, New York, NY, George N’Namdi, Detroit, MI, Gordon Parks, New York, NY, Max Roach, New York, NY, Finn Rosted, Copenhagen, Denmark, Mr. and Mrs. John Starks, Worthington, OH, Shawn Walker, New York, NY, Studio Museum, Harlem, NY, Carver Federal Savings Bank, New York, NY

Private Collections

Dr. Safi Ali-Khan, Jules Allen, Skylar Allen, Danny Alterman, Romare Bearden Estate, Bernadette Beekman, Camille Billops and James Hatch, Ann Brown, Bill Burgess, Lanie Cooke, Kevin Cole, Eden Cowans Bradley Cowans, Harold and Brenda Cowans, Timmie Cowans, Van Cowans, Vincent Cowans, Rob Crocker, Kate and Andy Davis, Charles Day and Peggy Sheppard, Mel Edwards, Norma Jean Darden, Dowoti Desir, Jeff Donaldson, Joan Eisenberg, Dr. Fields, Tuliza Fleming, Sharon Fitzgerald, Karen Gaines, Ronald Garnett, Dr. Steve Gettinger, Darrah Harris, Michael Harris, Liz Hartstein, Garbo and Archie Hearne, Napoleon Jones Henderson, Nadira Husain, Bill Hudson, James Little, Jim and Dolores Little, Mona Jackson, Judy James, C Jelks, Carolyn Johnson, Danny Johnson, Eula Johnson, Raffe Kamaal, Flora Kaplan, Reynolds Kerr, Hedy Kleinneman, Dr. Diane Locke, Loretta Lorden, Peter Lounds, Vicki and Sunya Margulies, Collette Michaan, Thomas Mims, Jill Newman, Ruby O’Dell, Gordon Parks Estate, James and Shelly Phillips, John Pinderhughes, George Preston, Dell Pryor, Diana Reed, Finn Rosted, Karen Saunders, Shelly Sheppard, Susan Shorter, Danny Simmons, Jonny Simmons, Coreen Simpson, Kalima Soham, NIikki Springer, Kathy Starks, Nelson Stevens, E.J. Tracey, June Trusdale, Quincy and Margaret Troope, Harold and Ruth Watson, Wilbur and Ruth Watson, Sandy Webster, Dr. George A Williams, Gail Wright, Su Yates, Malik Yoba, Mahmodah Young