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Biography

Artist Statement

As a 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 ten 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 ten years has been enormous: over 450 sculptures, 30 Solo Museum and Public Art Exhibitions and 31 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 a balanced compositions.  My sculptures are one part assemblage and one part recycling, which follows closely with the philosophy of another early artistic influence and mentor, Louise Nevelson.

My titles are typically added upon completion and offer a suggestion for interpretation but mindfully allows 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. My sculptures are in 43 National and International Museums, University Collections and Public Art Collections. My pieces are also in numerous Private Collections. I have had Exhibitions in Vail, CO., Portland OR, Chicago IL, New York City, Chautauqua NY, New Orleans LA, Palo Alto CA. and throughout Texas and  India. In January 2015, I co-produced and participated in an International Exhibition of 12 Texas Artists at the National Academy of Art in New Delhi, India. One of my sculptures was selected by the National Academy for their Collection. Also in 2015, I was selected  for an “Interdisciplinary Residency Program” at Texas A&M University with a major Exhibition on campus and throughout College Station and a piece was acquired for the Texas A&M University Art Collection. In 2016, I have had exhibitions at The International Museum of Art & Science in McAllen,TX, The Dallas’ District, The National Museum of Jewish Art, Dallas, TX , The State Fair of Texas, Dallas and The Jewish National Fund National Office, NYC. In 2017, I will have exhibitions at The San Antonio Botanical Garden, Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, Austin College in Texas and possibly The Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art, Israel. For more information, please visit my website at www.georgetobolowsky.com which is linked to YouTube videos about my work.

George Tobolowsky (214) 533-1133

American
1949 Born Dallas,TX
Lives in Dallas, TX
Works at Mountain Springs Sculpture Studio, Mountain Springs, TX
Education
1970 Southern Methodist University, B.B.A. in Accounting and a Minor in Sculpture, Dallas TX
1974 Southern Methodist University, J.D.
YouTube: George Tobolowsky
2012 YouTube:Found Object Artist: Substance and Form, Lecture by Jed Morse, Curator of the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas TX (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
2018 The University of Mississippi Museum and The City of Oxford, Miss
2017 International Exhibition at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland
2017 The San Antonio Botanical Garden: “Seasonal Color”
2017 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, TX
2016 The Jewish National Fund, New Building Exhibition, New York City
2016 “Is this the Road I’m on”, International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, TX
2016 Citywide Sculpture Exhibition,City of McAllen, TX
2016 The National Center for Jewish Art, Dallas, TX
2015 City of Sherman, Sculpture Exhibition, TX
2015 Texas A&M University, Campus Sculpture Exhibition, TX
2015 City of College Station, Sculpture Exhibition, TX
2014 Oshman Family JCC, Sculpture Exhibition, Palo Alto, CA
2013 A Menorah Exhibition at the Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas, TX
2013 “Bending the Rules,” Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, TX
2012 Chautauqua Sculpture Garden Exhibition, Chautauqua Institution, NY, Juried
2012 Exhibition: Blue Star Contemporary Art Center and San Antonio Botanical Garden Curated:James Surls
2012 Exhibition: The City of McKinney, Texas at City Hall
2011 Exhibition: WEST TEXAS TRIANGLE: 5th Annual Triangle Show (a consortium of four art museums in West Texas) San Angelo, Abilene,Albany and Odessa, TX
2010 Exhibition: The Tyler Museum of Art ,Tyler, TX (September 2010 with Catalogue)
2010 “The Road Through Texas,” Colton & Farb Gallery, Houston, TX
2010 Exhibition: “Form & Substance”, The Grace Museum, Abilene, TX
(April 2010) (Catalogue:Essay by Jed Morse,Curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center)
2009 Outdoor Sculpture Show: “International Bridge”, Town of Vail, CO.
2008 “Poetry in Steel”, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC), Dallas, TX
2007 “New York Show”, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY
2007 “The Business of Art”, Bryan Tower: Sponsored by Spire Realty, Dallas, TX
2007 “Poetry in Steel”, The Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX (catalogue)
2007 “3 D on Swiss”, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX
2006 “My First Rodeo”, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
2006 Outdoor Sculpture Show, SMU, Meadows School of Arts, Dallas, TX
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Jerusalem Biennale 2017, Israel
2016 The State Fair of Texas, Dallas, TX
2016 The City of Dallas’ Art District, The Hall Sculpture Garden, Dallas, TX
2016 International Sculpture Center Exhibition, New York, NY
2015 Group Exhibition, International Sculpture Center, Phoenix, AZ
2015 International Exhibition:12 Texas Artists, National Academy Arts, New Delhi, India
2014 Dallas Contemporary Museum: Anniversary Exhibition, Dallas, TX
2014 Chicago Sculpture Outdoor Exhibition, Chicago, IL
2014 Texas Sculpture Group Membership Exhibition, Houston, TX
2013 Outdoor Sculpture Show: Malakoff Garden Center with James Surls
2012 Art in the Garden 2012, San Antonio Botanical Garden, Juried
2012 Lakefront Sculpture Exhibition, The City of Chicago, IL, Juried
2011 Exhibition: The Sculpture Network of Texas, University of Texas at Tyler, Juried
2011 Art in the Garden:Texas Uprising, Texas Sculptors Group, San Antonio Botanical Garden
2011 Lake Oswego: Gallery Without Walls Exhibition, Art Council of Lake Oswego, Oregon
2010 30th Abilene Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Abilene, TX, Juried
2010 Henderson Art Project, Juried Sculpture Exhibition,Dallas, TX
2009 Face & Form: Modern & Contemporary Sculpture, Meadows Museum SMU, Dallas
2009 Texas Sculpture Association State-Wide Juried Art Exhibition,Dallas,TX
2009 Sculpture for New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, Curated: Tulane University
2008 Texas Sculpture Association’s 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Dallas, TX, Juried
2008 The Chair Project, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
2007 Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University, 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 Waco National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition: Invitational Artists, Juried
2006 Kemp Center for the Arts, Wichita Falls, TX, Juried
2005 New Texas Talent, Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, TX
Selected Public and Private Collections
Museums/ Public Art Collections
  • The City of Abilene, TX, Public Art Collection, TX
  • The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX.
  • The National Center for Jewish Art, Dallas, TX
  • The Museum of Biblical Arts, Dallas, TX​
  • The Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX​
  • The Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, TX
  • The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, TX
  • The Grace Museum, Abilene, TX​
  • The Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX
  • The Wichita Falls Museum of Art, TX
  • The International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, TX
  • The Chamber of Commerce, McAllen, TX
  • The San Antonio Contemporary Art Museum,TX
  • The Library of Congress, Washington, DC
  • The National Academy of Art, New Delhi, India
  • The City of McKinney, TX, Public Art Collection, TX
  • The City of West, TX, Public Art Collection, TX
  • The Irving Arts Center and Sculpture Garden, Irving, TX​
  • The Town of Vail, CO, Public Art Collection, CO
  • The City of Dallas’ Art District, The Hall Sculpture Garden, TX
  • The Dallas Independent School District Art Collection, TX
  • The Dallas Historical Society, Hall of State, Fair Park Dallas, TX
  • The College Station Art Collection, TX
  • The Texarkana Regional Art Center, TX
  • The City of New Orleans, Sculptures for New Orleans, LA
  • The International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ
University Art Collections
  • Southern Methodist University Art Collection, Dallas, TX​
  • Texas A&M University Art Collection, College Station, TX
  • Texas A&M Hillel Foundation, College Station, TX
  • The University of Texas, Texas Hillel Foundation, Austin, TX
  • The University of Houston ,Victoria, TX
  • The University Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX
Corporate and Other Collections
  • Texas Sculpture Garden, Hall Office Park, Frisco, TX
  • Ergoline Holdings, Windhagen, Germany
  • Commercial Metals Company, Irving, TX​​​
  • The Legacy Senior Communities, Plano, TX
  • Greenhill School, Addison,TX
  • Levine Academy, Dallas, TX
  • The Jewish Community Center, Dallas, TX
  • Temple Emanu-El, Art Collection, Dallas, TX
  • Temple Beth-El, Art Collection, Great Neck, NY
  • The Tia Collection, Mumbai, India
  • The illume Foundation for the Arts, Dallas, TX
Selected Publicaions / Articles
  • Scupture raises the bar with IMAS exhibit, The Monitor, McAllen, TX, March, 2016
  • Hillcrest Grad Leaves a Legacy With Sculpture, Preston Hollow People, Dec. 14, 2015
  • Eastward Ho!: Exhibition in India, Patron Magazine, February 1, 2015
  • Bending the Rules, Texarkana Regional Arts Council, August 29, 2013
  • Sculptor traded office for scraps, San Antonio Express News, Sept. 22, 2012
  • 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
  • Texas Artist George Tobolowsky at the Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler Daily, Aug. 23, 2010
  • TMA to present George Tobolowsky’s Found Object Assemblages,Tyler Morning Teleg., 2010
  • ‘George Tobolowsky: Sculpturing’ Documentary Film, Filmmaker 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 the Nasher Sculpture Center,Dallas
  • ‘Poetry in Steel’ told in Vail,Vail Daily,May 20,2009
  • DMagazine.com, “A Preview of the Dallas Art Fair”, February 3, 2009
  • Modern Sculptures Transform Tulane Quad, New Wave, Tulane University, November 5, 2008
  • Past Exhibition & Artists 2008, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, August 8, 2008
  • “George Tobolowsky: Poetry in Steel”, Beaumont Convention & 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 Southeast Texas: 500 Main: “George Tobolowsky: Poetry in Steel,” Spring2007
Selected Current/Past Boards
  • Texas Sculpture Association, Co-Founder, Dallas, TX​;
  • Public Art Committee, Panelist, Dallas, TX
  • Meadows School of Arts Executive Committee (SMU);​
  • Meadows Museum Advisor Council (SMU);
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX​;
  • Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX
  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC;
  • Young Presidents Organization (YPO)& (WPO), Dallas, TX;
  • Dallas and Texas Bar Associations​;
  • Texas Map Society, Past President;
  • Communities Foundation, Advisory Board ​
  • M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation;
  • Abe Zale Foundation;
  • Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX;
  • Texas Scupture Group, Texas;
  • The International Scupture Center, NJ;
  • The Museum of Biblical Art/ National Center for Jewish Art, Dallas TX
Professional Awards / Activities
2016 Demonstrating Sculptor for the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts andVisual Arts. Dallas, TX
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”.
2008 Demonstrating Sculptor for the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts andVisual Arts. Dallas, TX
2008 Committee Member, planning Texas Sculpture Association’s 25th Anniversary Symposium.
1984+ Co-Founder of the Texas Sculpture Association; Co-Founder Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX;
1974+ Intern & Installer of sculptures for both James Surls and Louise Nevelson