Addison Newton Likins, a Charles County 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 exhibits 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 sculpture and fine art photographer.
Following his stint at the Owens Science Center, he took a twenty four year hiatus from photography as a manager and Senior Analyst for Prince George’s Schools, retiring in 2011. In October of 2014 Addsion took up his passion for art 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.
During the past year, he has shown at the Lowe House of Delegates’ Maryland Federation of Artists Gallery Juried Show in Annapolis, the Crystal City Underground Gallery’s Juried show, “Road Trip” in Arlington, Virginia, ”Invasion of the Insects” Smithsonian Institution Juried Exhibition at the Annemarie Sculpture Gardens and Art Center in Dowell, Maryland; Juror award for sculpture at the 22nd Annual All Media Juried Exhibition at the Mattawoman Creek Art Center, the Charlotte Hall Veterans Gallery in Charlotte Hall Maryland, multiple appearances the Waldorf West Library Gallery, Waldorf, Maryland; multiple appearances at the Chesapeake Bank Gallery in Waldorf, the Mattawoman Creek Art Center’s annual Photography show, the Chesapeake Bank of La Plata and had a solo exhibit February through April, 2016 at the Commissioners’ Gallery at the Charles County Government Center in La Plata, Maryland.
He has had over 250 photographs “pop” (receive top ratings), on the 500px photography site in the past year, and has had over 28 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.
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