Biography

American

1949Born Dallas,TX
Lives in Dallas, TX
Works at Mountain Springs Sculpture Studio, Mountain Springs, TX

Education

1970Southern Methodist University,
B.B.A. in Accounting and a Minor in Sculpture, Dallas TX
1974Southern Methodist University,
J.D.

Awards /Honors

2020New York City: “Sculptures in the Parks Program,”
Manhattan NYC
2020The Topor Sculpture Garden at the Sheba Medical Center,
Tel HaShomer, Israel
2019The Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art 2019,
Jerusalem, Israel
2019George Tobolowsky- Wikipedia
2019Venice Art Biennale 2019,
GAA Foundation & European Cultural Center, Italy
2018The Venice Biennale for Architecture and Sculpture,
The European Cultural Centre, Italy
2017The Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art 2017,
Israel
2016Hillcrest High School Distinguish Alumni Award,
Dallas, TX
2015A Residency:Texas A&M with the Art and Business Schools and a citywide Exhibition:
College Station,TX
2015Elected to the Board of Trustees,
The International Sculpture Center, USA
2015International Exhibition of 12 Texas Artists at the National Academy of Art in
New Delhi, India in January, 2015
20122012 Award for Excellence in Creative Arts by
The Dallas Historical Society
2011A Hometown Hero, Fox 4 News Dallas TX for
“turning the fight against breast cancer into art”

YouTube: George Tobolowsky

2017Video:Exhibition at Meadows Museum,
Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport LA
2012YouTube: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
2010YouTube: Metal Sculpture Artist by Quin Mathews Films,
DallasTX(10:04 minutes)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdbFnQLhcKo

Artist Statement

As a native of Dallas, Texas, I earned my business degree and a law degree from Southern Methodist University in the ‘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 14 years ago when I felt inspired and with the encouragement of my mentor, Surls, I embarked on my own artistic path. My output over the past 15 years has been rewarding: over 550+ sculptures, 40 Solo Museum and Public Art Exhibitions and 31Group Exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Internationally.

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 these metal pieces but instead work to fit the individual scraps together – much like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle – into a balanced composition.  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 58 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, India, Venice, and Jerusalem. In January 2015, I co-curated 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 had Exhibitions at The San Antonio Botanical Garden, The Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art, Israel, Meadows Museum at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA and an Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at The National Center for Jewish Art, Dallas, TX. In 2018, I have 10 Exhibitions in Museums and Public Art Locations. I currently have 3 sculptures in the Venice Garden at the Venice Biennale for Architecture and Sculpture with the European Cultural Center. I have been invited back for the 2019 Venice Art Biennale with the ECC and The Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art, Israel

George Tobolowsky (214) 533-1133

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020New York City: Sculptures in the Parks Program,
Manhattan NYC
2019Venice Biennale Art,
GAA Foundation & European Cultural Center, Venice Garden, Italy
20182018 Venice Biennale Architecture &
Design, Venice Park, Venice IT
2018“Spring of the Park”
Colorful Sustainable Flowers, North Park Center, Dallas, TX
2018The Sea of Galilee Menorah,
The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
2018The Sherwin Miller Jewish Museum,
Tulsa OK
2018The University of Mississippi Art Museum and The City of Oxford,
MS
2018International Exhibition at Franklin College in Lugano,
Switzerland
2018City of Texarkana,
Outdoor Citywide Sculpture Exhibition, TX
2017“Last Survivor”, gathering Holocaust Survivors,
Commander Eugene Lebovitz, Las Vegas, NV
2017Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at The National Center for Jewish Art,
Dallas, TX
2017Meadows Museum at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA
2017The San Antonio Botanical Garden:
“Seasonal Color”
2017Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition,
Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, TX
2016The 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
2016Citywide Sculpture Exhibition,
City of McAllen, TX
2016The National Center for Jewish Art,
Dallas, TX
2015City of Sherman, Sculpture Exhibition, TX
2015Texas A&M University,
Campus Sculpture Exhibition, TX
2015City of College Station,
Sculpture Exhibition, TX
2014Oshman Family JCC,
Sculpture Exhibition, Palo Alto, CA
2013A Menorah Exhibition at the Museum of Biblical Art,
Dallas, TX
2013“Bending the Rules,”
Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, TX
2012Chautauqua Sculpture Garden Exhibition,
Chautauqua Institution, NY, Juried
2012Exhibition: Blue Star Contemporary Art Center
and Botanical Garden,Curated:James Surls
2012Exhibition: The City of McKinney,
Texas at City Hall
2011Exhibition: WEST TEXAS TRIANGLE: 5th Annual Triangle Show (a consortium of four art museums in West Texas) San Angelo,
Abilene,Albany and Odessa, TX
2010Exhibition: The Tyler Museum of Art,
Tyler, TX (September 2010 with Catalogue)
2010“The Road Through Texas,”
Colton & Farb q2aGallery, Houston, TX
2010Exhibition: “Form & Substance”,
The Grace Museum, Abilene,Catalogue:Essay by Jed Morse,Curator, Nasher Sculpture Center
2009Outdoor 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
2006Outdoor Sculpture Show, SMU,
Meadows School of Arts, Dallas, TX

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019The Jerusalem Biennale of Contemporary Jewish Art,
Israel
2017Jerusalem Biennale 2017,
Israel
2017Texas Sculpture Group Juried Exhibition,
Dallas, TX
2016The State Fair of Texas,
Dallas, TX
2016The City of Dallas’ Art District,
The Hall Sculpture Garden, Dallas, TX
2016International Sculpture Center Exhibition,
New York, NY
2015Group Exhibition,
International Sculpture Center, Phoenix, AZ
2015International Exhibition:12 Texas Artists,
National Academy Arts, New Delhi, India
2014Dallas Contemporary Museum: Anniversary Exhibition,
Dallas, TX
2014Chicago Sculpture Outdoor Exhibition,
Chicago, IL
2014Texas Sculpture Group Membership Exhibition,
Houston, TX
2013Outdoor Sculpture Show:
Malakoff Garden Center with James Surls
2012Art in the Garden 2012,
San Antonio Botanical Garden, Juried
2012Lakefront Sculpture Exhibition,
The City of Chicago, IL, Juried
2011Exhibition: The Sculpture Network of Texas,
University of Texas at Tyler, Juried
2011Art in the Garden:Texas Uprising,
Texas Sculptors Group, San Antonio Botanical Garden
2011Lake Oswego: Gallery Without Walls Exhibition,
Art Council of Lake Oswego, Oregon
201030th Abilene Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition,
Abilene, TX, Juried
2010Henderson Art Project,
Juried Sculpture Exhibition,Dallas, TX
2009Face & Form: Modern & Contemporary Sculpture,
Meadows Museum SMU, Dallas
2009Texas Sculpture Association State-Wide Juried Art Exhibition,
Dallas,TX
2009Sculpture for New Orleans,
New Orleans, LA, Curated: Tulane University
2008Texas Sculpture Association’s 25th Anniversary Exhibition,
Dallas, TX, Juried
2008The Chair Project,
Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
2007Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University,
Waco, TX Group Show: James Surls, Jeff Brosk and George Tobolowsky
2006Critic’s Choice Exhibition,
The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX
2006Waco National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition:
Invitational Artists, Juried
2006Kemp Center for the Arts,
Wichita Falls, TX, Juried
2005First Group Show,
Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
2005New Texas Talent,
Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

Selected Museum, Public and Private Collections

Museums/ Public Art Collections (30):

  • The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
  • 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 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 Texarkana, City Hall, TX
  • The City of Texarkana, Friends of Texarkana Parks, TX
  • The City of New Orleans, Sculptures for New Orleans, LA
  • The International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ
  • The Splendora Gardens, James Surls Studio, Splendora, TX
  • The National Flower Show, Splendora, TX

International Museums/ Collections (8):

  • The Topor Sculpture Garden at the Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer, Israel
  • The Sheba Medical Center: ARC Innovation Hubs, Tel HaShomer, Israel
  • The Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art, Israel
  • The National Academy of Art, New Delhi, India
  • The Tia Collection, Mumbai, India
  • Ergoline Holdings Collection, Windhagen, Germany
  • European Cultural Centre, Venice, Italy
  • Global Art Affairs Foundation (GAA Foundation), Leiden, Netherlands

University Art Collections (10):

  • 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 of ,Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX
  • The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
  • University Museum, Oxford, MS
  • Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport,LA
  • The Meadows Museum, Shreveport, LA

Corporate and Other Collections (10):

  • Texas Sculpture Garden, Hall Office Park, Frisco, TX
  • Commercial Metals Company, Irving, TX​​​
  • The Legacy Senior Communities, Plano, TX
  • Greenhill School, Addison,TX
  • The 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 illume Foundation for the Arts, Dallas, TX
  • Heartland Security Insurance Group, Tyler, TX

Selected Publicaions / Articles

  • FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE!, Jerusalem Biennale 2019, Israel, Oct.,2019(Catalogue)
  • George Tobolowsky: Menorahs of Steel, The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Oct. 2018
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma (Catalogue)
  • From Rodin to Plensa, MODERN SCULPTURE AT THE MEADOWS MUSEUM, Steven Nash,
    March 2018 (Book) Dallas, TX
  • 100 Jewish Things to Do Before You Die, Barbara Davis, Jan. 2017 (Book), New York, NY
  • JEWISH ARTISTS IN THE AMERICAS, Jerusalem Biennale, Israel, Oct.,2017 (Catalogue)
  • Sculpture 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

  • The International Sculpture Center, NJ;
  • The Museum of Biblical Art,
  • The National Center for Jewish Art, Dallas TX,
  • 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 Boar;
  • d ​M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation;
  • Abe Zale Foundation;
  • Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX;
  • Texas Scupture Group, Texas

Professional Awards / Activities

2016Demonstrating 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
2011A Hometown Hero, Fox 4 News Dallas TX for “turning the fight against breast cancer”.
2008Demonstrating Sculptor for the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts andVisual Arts. Dallas, TX
2008Committee 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