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


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

Awards /Honors

2020 New York City: “Sculptures in the Parks Program,”
Manhattan NYC
2020 The Topor Sculpture Garden at the Sheba Medical Center,
Tel HaShomer, Israel
2019 The Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art 2019,
Jerusalem, Israel
2019 George Tobolowsky- Wikipedia
2019 Venice Art Biennale 2019,
GAA Foundation & European Cultural Center, Italy
2018 The Venice Biennale for Architecture and Sculpture,
The European Cultural Centre, Italy
2017 The Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art 2017,
2016 Hillcrest High School Distinguish Alumni Award,
Dallas, TX
2015 A Residency:Texas A&M with the Art and Business Schools and a citywide Exhibition:
College Station,TX
2015 Elected to the Board of Trustees,
The International Sculpture Center, USA
2015 International Exhibition of 12 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 art”

YouTube: George Tobolowsky

2017 Video:Exhibition at Meadows Museum,
Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport LA
2012 YouTube:Found Object Artist: Substance and Form,
Lecture by Jed Morse, Curator of the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas TX (57:37 minutes)
2010 YouTube: Metal Sculpture Artist by Quin Mathews Films,
DallasTX(10:04 minutes)

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

2020 New York City: Sculptures in the Parks Program,
Manhattan NYC
2019 Venice Biennale Art,
GAA Foundation & European Cultural Center, Venice Garden, Italy
2018 2018 Venice Biennale Architecture &
Design, Venice Park, Venice IT
2018 “Spring of the Park”
Colorful Sustainable Flowers, North Park Center, Dallas, TX
2018 The Sea of Galilee Menorah,
The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
2018 The Sherwin Miller Jewish Museum,
Tulsa OK
2018 The University of Mississippi Art Museum and The City of Oxford,
2018 International Exhibition at Franklin College in Lugano,
2018 City of Texarkana,
Outdoor Citywide Sculpture Exhibition, TX
2017 “Last Survivor”, gathering Holocaust Survivors,
Commander Eugene Lebovitz, Las Vegas, NV
2017 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at The National Center for Jewish Art,
Dallas, TX
2017 Meadows Museum at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA
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 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 q2aGallery, Houston, TX
2010 Exhibition: “Form & Substance”,
The Grace Museum, Abilene,Catalogue:Essay by Jed Morse,Curator, 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

2019 The Jerusalem Biennale of Contemporary Jewish Art,
2017 Jerusalem Biennale 2017,
2017 Texas Sculpture Group Juried Exhibition,
Dallas, TX
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,
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 First Group Show,
Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
2005 New 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
  •, “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

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