About

Education

Master of Fine Arts 2004

New York Academy of Art - Manhattan, New York

Bachelor of Fine Arts 2002

Brigham Young University - Laie, Hawaii


Biography

I am an artist who has been practicing figurative sculpture since the early 2000s.

My formal studies of the figure began with Viliami Toluta'u and Mataumu Alisa at Brigham Young University – Hawaii where I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2002.

I then received the best figurative training possible at the New York Academy of Art where I earned my Master of Fine Arts in 2004. There in the heart of the art world I received a direct lineage of techniques 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 include: Vincent Desiderio, Martha Erlebacher, Harvey Citron, Robert Taplin, Steven Assael, Wade Schuman, and Leonid Lerman.

My education in Hawaii and New York City provided technical and aesthetic tools needed to assist the expressive creation of my art.

My 12 years as a college art professor, currently at IUPUI and previously at the Art Institute of Indianapolis, has allowed me to pursue my goal of learning and developing as I teach sculpture, the principles of design and thinking creatively.   


Honors and Awards

Professional:

Merit Award, “8th International LDS Art Competition”                                                      2009

Best Sculpture Award, “81st Annual Hoosier Salon” Indiana State Museum                       2005

Popular Choice Award, “Interpretations of the Figure” regional juried exhibit                   2005

Best Sculpture Award, “80th Annual Hoosier Salon” Indiana State Museum                      2004

Academic Scholarship Award, New York Academy of Art                                                 2002

2 Research Grants from Brigham Young University                                                         2002

2 Joseph VanSickle Scholarships                                                                                   2000

Design Award for Tree Grate, Artsgarden - Arts Council of Indianapolis                           1999

Academic:

Fellowship, Critique Methods for Designers                    IUPUI                                        2018

IUPUI Athletics Favorite Professor Recognition               IUPUI                                        2017

Faculty Member of the Year                                           Art Institute of Indianapolis       2010

Runner Up, Faculty of the Quarter                                  Art Institute of Indianapolis      2009

Above and Beyond Merit Award                                     Art Institute of Indianapolis       2007

Exhibitions

Exhibit: Sculpture in Deseret Book Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah                                   2016

Commission: Portrait Relief Sculpture for Steve and Jessica Bays                                    2016

Bas-Relief Sculpture in LDS Indianapolis Indiana Temple                                                 2015

Exhibit: Deseret Book Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah                                                      2015

Book Illustration “The Boxford Stories” By Kristen Carson                                               2014

”9th International LDS Art Competition”, Salt Lake City, UT                                            2012

“The 87th Annual Hoosier Salon” Exhibit, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN           2011

Conrad Hotel Gallery, Indianapolis, IN                                                                            2011

“See My Face” Exhibit, LDS Museum of Church History and Art, Salt Lake City, UT         2011

Artistic Designs Gallery, Brownsburg, IN                                                                         2011

“The 86th Annual Hoosier Salon” Exhibit, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN          2010

Carol Summers Exhibit, Conrad Hotel Gallery, Indianapolis, IN                                       2010

Art/Museo InterContinental Hotel Gallery, Chicago, IL                                                  2009

“Faculty Show” Art Institute of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN                                         2009

“8th International LDS Art Competition”, Salt Lake City, UT                                           2009

“Faculty Show” Indianapolis Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN                                              2008

Stutz Art Space Gallery, Indianapolis, IN                                                                       2008

“7th International Art Competition: Our Heritage of Faith”, Salt Lake City, UT               2006

“Faculty Show” Art Institute of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN                                         2006

“The 81st Annual Hoosier Salon” Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN                       2005

“Interpretations of the Figure” Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN         2005

“Memorial to Mothers” Crown Hill Cemetery, Mausoleum, Indianapolis, IN                     2004

“The 80th Annual Hoosier Salon” Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN                      2004

“Diploma Show” NYAA, New York, NY                                                                            2004

Solo Show “Jacob Dobson: Parables” JFS Gallery, Laie, Hawaii                                      2002

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