Biography

Resume – Artist Statement

American

1949
Born Dallas,TX
Lives in Dallas, TX and works in Mountain Springs
Sculpture Studio, Mountain Springs, TX

Education

1970
Southern Methodist University, B.B.A. in Accounting and a Minor in Sculpturing
1974
SouthernMethodistUniversity, J.D.

Awards

2015
International Exhibition of Six Texas Artists at the National Academy of Art in New Delhi,
India in January, 2015
2012
2012 Award for Excellence in Creative Arts by The Dallas Historical Society
2011
A Hometown Hero, Fox 4 News Dallas TX for “turning the fight against breast cancer into a work of art”

YouTube: George Tobolowsky

2012
YouTube:Found Object Artist: Substance and Form, Lecture by Jed Morse, Curator of theNasherSculptureCenter,DallasTX(57:37 minutes) 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OifiOJpE7p8 
2010
YouTube: Metal Sculpture Artist by Quin Mathews Films, DallasTX(10:04 minutes)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdbFnQLhcKo 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2015
International Exhibition at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland
2013
A Menorah Exhibition at the Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas, TX
2013
“Bending the Rules,” Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, TX
2012
ChautauquaSculptureGardenExhibition, Chautauqua Institution, NY, Juried
2012
Exhibition: BlueStarContemporaryArtCenterand theSan AntonioBotanical GardenCurated by James Surls
2012
Exhibition:  The City ofMcKinney,Texasat City Hall
2011
Exhibition: WEST TEXASTRIANGLE: 5th Annual Triangle Show (a consortium of four art museums in West Texas)San Angelo, Abilene, AlbanyandOdessa,TX
2010
Exhibition:  TheTylerMuseumofArt,Tyler,TX(September 2010 with Catalogue)
2010
“The Road ThroughTexas,” Colton & Farb Gallery,Houston,TX
2010
Exhibition: “Form & Substance”, TheGraceMuseum,Abilene,TX
(April 2010) (Catalogue:Essay by Jed Morse,Curator at theNasherSculptureCenter)
2009
Outdoor Sculpture Show: “InternationalBridge”, Town of Vail, CO. (June 2009/10)
Promoted by Vail with a show at the Masters Gallery Vail
2009
IrvingArtsCenterandSculptureGarden,Irving,TX
2008
“Poetry in Steel”, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (TheMAC),Dallas,TX   (catalogue)
2007
“New YorkShow”, Jim Kempner Fine Art,New York,NY
2007
“The Business of Art”,BryanTower: Sponsored by Spire Realty,Dallas,TX
2007
“Poetry in Steel”, The Art Museum of SoutheastTexas,Beaumont,TX(catalogue)
2007
TheDallasCenterfor Contemporary Art,Dallas,TX: 3 D on Swiss
2006
“My First Rodeo”,GeraldPetersGallery,Dallas,TX
2006
Outdoor Sculpture Show, SouthernMethodistUniversity, MeadowsSchoolofArts,Dallas

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2015
International Exhibition of Six Texas Artists, National Academy of Arts, New Delhi, India
2013
Outdoor Sculpture Show: Malakoff Garden Center with James Surls
2012
Art in the Garden 2012,San AntonioBotanical Garden, Juried
2012
Lakefront Sculpture Exhibition, The City ofChicago, IL, Juried
2011
Exhibition: The Sculpture Network ofTexas,UniversityofTexasatTyler, Juried
2011
Art in the Garden: Texas Uprising, Texas Sculptors Group,San AntonioBotanical Garden, Juried
2011
Lake Oswego: Gallery Without Walls Exhibition, Art Council ofLake Oswego,Oregon, Juried
2010
30thAbilene Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition,Abilene,TX, Juried
2010
HendersonArt Project, Juried Sculpture Exhibition,Dallas,TX
2009
Face and Form: Modern and Contemporary Sculpture, Meadows Museum SMU,Dallas, Juried
2009
Texas Sculpture Association State-Wide Juried Art Exhibition,Dallas,TX
2009
Sculpture forNew Orleans,New Orleans,LA, Curated:TulaneUniversity,Diamond Street and Hotel Le Cirque
2008
Texas Sculpture Association’s 25th Anniversary Exhibition,Dallas,TX, Juried
2008
The Chair Project,AustinMuseumofArt,Austin,TX
2007
MartinMuseumof Art,BaylorUniversity,Waco,TX
Group Show: James Surls, Jeff Brosk and George Tobolowsky
2006
Critic’s Choice Exhibition, The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art,Dallas,TX
2006
WacoNational Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition: Invitational Artists, Juried
2006
KempCenterfor the Arts,Wichita Falls,TX, Juried
2005
NewTexasTalent, Craighead-Green Gallery,Dallas,TX, Juried

SELECTED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

The City ofAbilene,TX, Public Art Collection
 TheEllenNoelArt Museum,Odessa,TX 
The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX 
DallasContemporaryMuseum,Dallas,TX
TheGraceMuseum,Abilene,TX 
TheTylerMuseumofArt,Tyler,TX
TheArt MuseumofSoutheast Texas,Beaumont,TX 
SouthernMethodistUniversityArt Collection,Dallas,TX
TexasSculptureGarden,HallOffice Park,Frisco,TX 
IrvingArtsCenterandSculptureGarden,Irving,TX
The Town ofVail, CO, Public Art Collection 
Craig and Ambassador Kathryn Hall,Dallas,TX
FedEx Kinko’s,Dallas,TX 
Dean Carol Brandt,MeadowsSchoolof Arts,Dallas,TX
Ergoline Holdings,Windhagen,Germany 
Commercial Metals Company,Irving,TX
The Legacy Senior Communities,Plano,TX 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS / ARTICLES:

HomeTown Hero,George Tobolowsky, Fox 4 News, Clarice Tinsley,Dallas,TX, Oct 31, 2011
Steel Inspiration: George Tobolowsky, Modern Steel Construction, Aug. 26, 2011
Texas Sculptor Creates Art From Scrap,Midland’s Pulse, June, 2011
D Magazine: How Sculptor George Tobolowsky Got The Calling, May, 2011
TexasArtist George Tobolowsky at theTylerMuseumof Art, Tyler Daily, Aug. 23, 2010
TMA to present George Tobolowsky’s Found Object Assemblages,Tyler Morning Teleg., Aug 21, 2010
‘George Tobolowsky: Sculpturing’ Documentary Film byDallasFilmmaker Quin Mathews, April 2010
‘Form & Substance:The Art of George Tobolowsky’,Exhibition Catalogue,April 30,2010,The Grace
Museum,Essay by Jed Mores,Curator of theNasherSculptureCenter,Dallas
‘Poetry in Steel’ told in Vail,Vail Daily,May 20,2009
DMagazine.com, “A Preview of theDallasArt Fair”, February 3, 2009
Modern Sculptures Transform Tulane Quad, New Wave,TulaneUniversity, November 5, 2008
Past Exhibition & Artists 2008,McKinney AvenueContemporary,August 8, 2008
“George Tobolowsky: Poetry in Steel”,BeaumontConvention & Visitors Bureau, April 2, 2007
“Poetry in Steel”, Exhibition Catalogue, April 28, 2007,Essays by James Surls and Dr. Edmund (Ted) P. Pillsbury
Art Museum of SoutheastTexas: 500Main: “George Tobolowsky: Poetry in Steel,” Spring2007


SELECTED CURRENT/PAST BOARDS:

TexasSculpture Association, Co-Founder,Dallas,TX
Public Art Committee, Panelist,Dallas,TX
MeadowsSchoolof Arts Executive Committee (SMU)
MeadowsMuseumAdvisor Council (SMU)
DallasMuseumof Art,Dallas,TX
DallasContemporary,Dallas,TX
Library of Congress,Washington,DCPhillips Society
Young Presidents Organization,Dallas,TX
DallasandTexasBar Associations
TexasMap Society, Past President
Communities Foundation, Advisory Board
M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation, Treasurer
Abe Zale Foundation, President
BlueStarContemporaryArt Museum,San Antonio,TX

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS/ACTIVITIES:

2012
Dallas Historical Society’s 2012 Award Excellence in Creative Arts
2011
Short-listed, Love Field Airport-Terminal,Dallas,TX
2008
Demonstrating artist for the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts and Visual Arts.Dallas,TX
2008
Committee Member, planning Texas Sculpture Association’s 25th Anniversary Symposium.
Prior 2000   Co-Founder of theTexasSculpture Association;  Co-Founder Hiram Butler Gallery,Houston,TX
Installer of Sculptures for James Surls and Louise Nevelson

Artist Statement

As native of Dallas, Texas, I earned my business degree and law degree from Southern Methodist University in the early ‘70s.  While at SMU, I also minored in Sculpture studying under Texas artist James Surls, who became my mentor and friend. After graduation, I entered the business world, and spent the next several decades building a successful business and legal career.  I was not producing art myself until about nine years ago when I felt an inspiration and with the encouragement of my mentor Surls; I embarked on my own artistic path. My output over the past nine years has been enormous: over 375 sculptures, 18 Solo Museum and Public Art Exhibitions and 28 Group Exhibitions throughout the U.S. I make abstract metal sculptures from steel and stainless steel “found objects”.  These found objects however, are not of the everyday sort, but rather bulky industrial metal castoffs that I scour scrap yards and fabrication plants to find.  I rarely alter theses metal pieces but instead work to fit the individual scraps together – much like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle – into balanced compositions.  My sculptures are one part assemblage and one part recycling, which follows closely with the philosophy of another early artistic influence, Louise Nevelson.

My titles are typically added upon completion and offer a suggestion for interpretation but mindfully allow room for various readings within each piece.  My works represent a logical extension of the welded steel sculpture tradition that can be traced from Julio Gonzalez to David Smith.  I have several works in Museums, Universities and Public and Private Collections and have had Exhibitions in Vail, CO., Portland OR., Chicago IL, New York City, Chautauqua NY, New Orleans LA and throughout Texas and many other locations. I  received the “Award for Excellence as the Creative Artist of the Year 2012” by The Dallas Historical Society. For more information, please visit my website at www.georgetobolowsky.com which is linked to YouTube for some videos about my work. I have just been selected for an International Exhibition of Six Texas Artists at the National Academy of Art in New Delhi, India in January 2015. My sculptures in India will travel throughout India and then to Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland for an Exhibition in 2016.

GEORGE TOBOLOWSKY (214 533-1133)