Kenyon Victor Adams is a multidisciplinary artist and curator. His work has explored the notion of fractured epistemologies, and seeks to reclaim or expand various ways of knowing through integrative artistic practices. Kenyon has performed nationally as a vocalist, songwriter, and blues harmonica player and has contributed art and thought leadership at the Yale School of Drama, Yale ISM Poetry Conference, Live Ideas Festival, Langston Hughes Project, National Arts Policy Roundtable, and the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College. In 2011, he formed the band Kenyon Adams & American Restless. With director Sarah Peterson and jazz scholar, Willie Ruff, Kenyon helped to stage Long Wharf Theater’s production of Langston’s Hughes’ Black Nativity. Kenyon studied Religion & Literature at Yale Divinity School and Theology of Contemporary Performance at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, where he also served as an Artist in Residence during the 2015-16 academic year. His multi-media performance works have addressed issues of legibility, race, and American memory. 2018 marked the debut of his performance work, Prayers of the People, which was directed by Bill T. Jones and responds to the writings of Martin Luther King Jr.
Kenyon has received awards including the Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s Director’s Prize, and was named a White House Presidential Scholar in the Arts.