Jacob E. Dobson


The Example of Job


This summer I took a photo of this painting at The Art Institute of Chicago. It is a painting of the man Job. The account of this amazing man in the Old Testament is powerful and teaches us of true devotion in the midst of any trial. I am still looking for the name of the artist who painted this work.

“Victor Hugo notes, ‘The book of Job is perhaps the greatest masterpiece of the human mind’ (Henry H. Halley, Pocket Bible Handbook, Chicago, 1946, p. 232). Thomas Carlyle says, ‘I call this book apart from all theories about it, one of the grandest things ever written. Our first, oldest statement of the never ending problem—Man’s Destiny, and God’s ways with him in the earth. There is nothing written, I think of equal literary merit’ (ibid). An Old Testament scholar, H. H. Rowley, reflects, ‘The book of Job is the greatest work of genius in the Old Testament, and one of the world’s artistic masterpieces’ (H. H. Rowley, The Growth of the Old Testament, 1966, p. 143)”
Old Testament Student Manual Kings-Malachi, (1982), 23–30

Architectural Stone Detail

I saw this stone detail at the Art Institute of Chicago this summer.

Harry Bergen Wheelock, architect; American, 1861-1934
Kristian Schneider, designer; American, 1864-1935
Spandrel Panel from Stop and Shop Warehouse (formerly Western Methodist Book Exchange), c. 1899 (demolished 1990)


Historical Weekend

This past weekend is difficult for me to describe. The peace and warmth of my heart is too sacred to describe. Our Indianapolis Indiana Temple was dedicated to the Lord on Sunday. I feel privileged to say the least. For a second time in my life I had the honor of having another conversation with two of heroes, Henry B. Eyring and Russell M. Ballard. They are apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The first time I had a conversation with them was in my college studio in Hawaii in 2002. On Saturday I had the privilege of also helping a friend paint the cornerstone. I also met with two other church general authorities and four other church construction executives. Saturday evening I saw my son perform with other youth at the IUPUI Stadium. On Sunday morning I had the honor of being in the same room as President Eyring when he dedicated the temple. Then Sunday evening I was blessed to help prepare the temple for operations to begin this week. I was able to enjoy all of these blessings with my parents and children. This was a life enhancing experience this weekend that has charged me with so much motivation to love others and to serve more. I thank Him above for his grace!Indy Temple Dedication

Temple Open House

I have had the privilege to tour the temple with about 50 friends that have never been able to go through any LDS Temple before. I have been uplifted with them. Many have commented on the peace they have felt inside the walls. Today one of my friends said,

“I wish there were more places of solitude available for anyone to go and sit and just pray or listen to God’s plan. I can’t get over the sense of peace I felt, I’m very thankful I had the opportunity to go.”

It is amazing to share in this feeling with people of every faith in this great time of division.



Pointing Up the Sculpture


This is a pointing tool that I have custom engineered for the baptistry sculpture. I am using it to enlarge the 1/4 scale maquette to the full scale sculpture that is over 14 feet wide. This is an undertaking!

Angel Moroni Statue

DSC_0494This is a photo I took during the placement of the Angel Moroni on the Indianapolis Indiana Temple. I feel blessed to have seen this done here in Indiana, my home.



This is the 1/5 scale maquette that I finished this past spring to work out the design for the larger 14 foot 4 inch door.  Changing my mind goes faster of course in the smaller version. That should go without saying.


Here is article that came out this March in ICON newspaper.

Modeling faith in Brownsburg

By Laura Tesdahl

Hendricks County ICON

Jacob Dobson models his faith both literally and figuratively as a sculptor of human form. The Brownsburg artist articulates the human anatomy and expression of people moved by an experience of faith. Inspired by scripture and his Christian-Latter-Day Saint values, the figurative sculptures and reliefs are created in clay and cast in plaster or bronze.

His first experience sculpting was in art class at Brownsburg Junior High. Excited by working with clay, the encouraging voice of his teacher, Mrs. Dearringer, motivated him to study sculpture at Herron School of Art. When the human form became his focus, his wife’s grandfather , Arthur Weber, a former Dean of Herron, recommended that he transfer to Brigham Young University-Hawaii to get the anatomical instruction for figurative sculpture. Then pursing his Master’s Degree at the New York Academy of Art the artist worked among many renowned sculptors of our time.

Dobson’s mother inspired him with Michelangelo’s masterpieces. When he first encountered Michelangelo’s Pieta, he was spiritually moved. This life size marble sculpture depicts Mary holding Christ’s crucified body after he was taken down from the cross. Dobson refers to Michelangelo as “a rare individual who really felt what he sculpted and what he created had impact.” the desire to impact, is the motivation behind Dobson’s work. Michelangelo prepared for each work by first reading scripture, a practice Dobson strives to maintain in his own process. “If we seek ye first the Kingdom of God all of our needs will be et” Dobson cites form Matthew 6:33. Although this is challenging to commit to, he attests to “feeling inspiration from above” when he disciplines himself to put his faith first. Tapping into faith, he models what it means to use one’s gift to do God’s will.

Dobson’s sculpture “And Christ did Heal Them” was the work the artist felt most spiritually connected to in its creation. The model for the child in the sculpture was his first born son. Living in a basement apartment in New York City, his biggest fear was how he would be able to be an artist and provide for his family. “The significance of that sculpture” states Dobson “is its representation of being.” “Referring to being what God intended,” he continues “We have a gift to create and with that gift comes the burden of being able to make it and pay for it .” Dobson was at a point of being physically, financially, emotionally, and spiritually drained. He sculpts a mother, at the end of her capabilities, she has done all that she can possibly do, at the top of the stairs, the edge, holding her child in a way that appears she is handing the child to the Lord. “The child,” Dobson states “represents the individual’s gift, the individual’s responsibility” As an artist he is confronted with how to heal from this process and that is where he says “faith come in and divinity takes over.”

Currently, Dobson is working on an extensive project creating reliefs that depict articles of faith intended for a 13 ft high bronze sculpted doorway. Living in Brownsburg with his wife and three children, he works as a sculptor and a full-time instructor at the Art Institute of Indianapolis. You can view more of Jacob’s work by visiting


Jacob Dobson’s sculptures and reliefs can be viewed at Artistic Designs Gallery during regular hours from March 12th – March 26th.


The exhibit “Seek My Face” is now open with the official ribbon cutting done by President Monson.  The show will be up in Salt Lake City at The LDS Museum of Church History and Art through mid June. It features 25 top LDS Artists who were invited to participate with their best work.

SALT LAKE CITY — “It was perhaps the highest concentration of LDS Church leadership ever gathered in the Church History Museum since it opened in downtown Salt Lake City 26 years ago. President Monson’s two counselors in the church’s First Presidency, Presidents Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf, were on hand for the invitation-only event, as were three members of the Quorum of the Twelve and numerous other general authorities and auxiliary officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”  -Deseret News

Thanks to my wife Anna, my friends Dan Vail, Angelica, Elder Davenport, and Kurt Stumpf. I would also like to thank my students Cullen, Josh, Steve, Chris, and Dwayne. I also must thank my sister Mary Hedquist, my mom and dad and my foundry Hawkins & Hawkins Custom.  Every one of them helped make this possible.  Thank you!





Both the triptych sculpture and the figurative sculpture below have been invited to be in a prestigious traveling exhibit “The Art of the Restoration”. The theme of the exhibit is Jesus Christ and how He is at the center of the restored latter-day gospel. It will feature 50 of the top artists in the LDS church and is being produced by the Artist Guild International. Here is the Guild’s website: www.artoftherestoration.info

The art exhibit will travel to Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, New York City, and Washington D.C.

It will also travel to Europe and exhibit in Paris, London, Madrid, and Rome.

The individual latter-day artists and their patrons who sponsored the work will be demonstrating to the world their testimonies of Jesus Christ. A few of the well-known artists invited in this exhibit are Walter Rane, Robert Barrett, Patrick Devonas, James Christensen, and Del Parson.


This triptych features the first three Articles of Faith and are apart of a bold thirteen-foot gate depicting all of the 13 Articles of Faith. The dimensions of this triptych are 58″ x 94″ inches. The three bronze panels will be placed in a hand crafted wooden frame as seen in drawing below.


This sculpture seen below will also be featured in the exhibit. The height of the sculpture is 43″ inches and it will be cast in bronze. Read more about this work here at this link: http://www.jacobdobson.com/?p=486


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