Jamie was born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For undergraduate studies he attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he received a BFA in 1983. In 2000 he earned an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
Jamie Adams’ work can be found in the permanent collections of the Woodmere Art Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the MOMA Library NYC, MOMA Wales, the LA County Museum of Art Research Library, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura (São Paulo, Brasil), the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, the Pennsylvania Capitol Building, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Michigan, and Washington University in St. Louis.
Awards and residencies include the Violette deMazia Scholarship (Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pa.) the Cité Internationale des Arts residency (Paris, France) and the Ragdale Foundation (Chicago, Ill.).
His work has been cited internationally in publications such as Art in America, Bulletin du Musée Ingres (Montauban, France), Blisss Magazine, Novembre Magazine, the Huffington Post, Just Magazine, and Hi-Fructose Magazine. His work has been included in publications such as “Fragonard, Regards croisés” (Jean-pierre Cuzin, Dimitri Salmon / Département des Peintures, Musée du Louvre, 2007) and “The Figure: Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture” (McCann, Skira Rizzoli, 2014).