Kerry Adams was born and raised in Central New Jersey. She first learned about sculpture and installation art through making in a way that seemed most natural to her and began making large-scale multi-media concept-based installations while still in high school. In 2004, she received her BFA in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and in 2009 she received her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Kerry has exhibited her work in solo and group shows and as a grant recipient.

She sees her sculptures and installations as an interrelated body of work where each piece informs the others, across all media. In her work, Kerry uses the accumulation of handwork and time consuming actions to draw attention to passing free time that is usually viewed as insignificant. She is interested in the fact that our lives are made up of finite time and raises questions about the way that time is spent, accumulated, or valued.