EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts Degree 2004

New York Academy of Art – Manhattan, NY

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree 2002

Brigham Young University – Laie, Hawaii

BIOGRAPHY

My formal studies of the figure began in Hawaii with Viliami Toluta’u and Mataumu Alisa. I then received the best figurative training possible in the world at the New York Academy of Art where I earned my master’s degree. There in the heart of the art world I received a direct lineage of techniques that were handed down from the great masters of old. While in Manhattan I studied the figure with a modern approach while sharing a personal dialogue with the most forward thinking renowned artists of our time.  They included Vincent Desiderio, Martha Erlebacher, Harvey Citron, Robert Taplin, Steven Assael, Wade Schuman, and Leonid Lerman. The education in Hawaii and New York City provided technical and aesthetic tools needed to assist the expressive creation of my art. Today as a full time art instructor I am able to pursue my goal of learning and developing as I teach Sculpture, Life Drawing and Art History courses at the Art Institute of Indianapolis. During my developing years I have my parents to thank for their loving support, spiritual faith and encouragement. My family has been my greatest source of inspiration and support.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Edifying the lives of thousands has been my charge since I was a young artist. It’s a fulfilling privilege for me to create compelling work that benefits lives. I desire to work and communicate with the soul and share ideas that the mind alone can never comprehend. Aristotle said, “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but the inward significance.” The aim of my art is to inspire and reveal things that we might not otherwise see and feel. Unlike any other media, I find that fine art has a potent ability to speak to us through its silence. I work to be genuine and inspired to balance the powerful negative and superficial influences that so easily attract our eyes. In my art I am looking for a contemporary aesthetic that is rooted in a strong tradition of the figure.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2010 “The 86th Annual Hoosier Salon” Indiana State Museum Indianapolis, Indiana
2010 Carol Summers Exhibition, Conrad Hotel Gallery Indianapolis, Indiana
2009 “Faculty Show” The Art Institute of Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana
2009 Art/Museo InterContinental Hotel Gallery Chicago, Illinois
2009 “8th International LDS Art Competition” Salt Lake City, Utah
2008 “Faculty Show” Indianapolis Art Center Indianapolis, Indiana
2008 Stutz Art Space Gallery Indianapolis, Indiana
2006 “7th International LDS Art Competition: Our Heritage of Faith” Salt Lake City, Utah
2006 “Faculty Show” The Art Institute of Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana
2005 “The 81st Annual Hoosier Salon” Indiana State Museum Indianapolis, Indiana
2005 “Interpretations of the Figure” University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana
2005 “Memorial to Mothers” Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Indiana
2004 “The 80th Annual Hoosier Salon” Indiana State Museum Indianapolis, Indiana
2004 “Diploma Show” New York Academy of Art New York, New York
2002 “Jacob Dobson: Parables” Solo Show JFS Gallery Laie, Hawaii

SELECTED AWARDS

2009 Merit Award, “8th International LDS Art Competition”
2005 Best Sculpture Award, “81st Annual Hoosier Salon” Indiana State Museum
2005 Popular Choice Award, “Intrerpretations of the Figure” Regional Juried Exhibition
2004 Best Sculpture Award, “80th Annual Hoosier Salon” Indiana State Museum
2002 Academic Scholarship Award, New York Academy of Art
2002 Research Grant form Brigham Young University
2000 Joseph VanSickle Scholarship

TEACHING AWARD

2010 Faculty Member of the Year, The Art Institute of Indianapolis

CONTACT INFORMATION

info@jacobdobson.com

317-658-2027

Indianapolis, Indiana