Margaret Jacobs is artist-in-residence at Ogdensburg Museum July 9-20
Margaret Jacobs; photo by Jack Rowell, and A fighting chance by Margaret Jacobs, 2015, steel, leather, and deer hair, 9" l x 7" w x 2.5" d. Margaret Jacobs will be artist-in-residence at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg from July 9th through 20th.
OGDENSBURG -- This July, the Frederic Remington Art Museum will host Margaret Jacobs as its artist-in-residence. Jacobs will be in residence at the Museum from July 9 to 20, when the public will have a number of opportunities to interact with the artist, in a wide variety of ways.
Throughout her residency, Jacobs’ artwork will be on display in the Museum’s Hirschey Family Gallery. Jacobs will be working in the same gallery, or in the Museum’s Eleanor Vilas McNally Courtyard. Visitors are encouraged to talk with Jacobs about her work. More formally, she will give an artist’s talk on her work on Tuesday, July 10 at 4 p.m.
The talk is free and open to the public and will be held in the Museum’s Tiffany Room.
Jacobs will be teaching three art classes while in residence. On Saturday, July 14, at 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and at 2 and 4:30 p.m., Jacobs will teach two torch welding classes in the Eleanor Vilas McNally Courtyard. A follow-up class for interested participants will be available on Tuesday, July 17 at 1 p.m. Cost for a 2 and a half hour torch welding class is $40 for Museum members and $50 for nonmembers. On Wednesday, July 18 from 1-4 p.m., Jacobs will teach a class entitled, “Drawing from Nature.”
Participants will create and use their own paintbrushes and acorn and black walnut inks. All ages are welcome. Cost for the class is $15 for Museum members and $25 for nonmembers.
All equipment and materials will be provided for Jacobs’ classes. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information and to register, call 315-393-2425 or visit fredericremington.org.
As part of her collaboration with the Remington Museum, Jacobs has curated an exhibition of select Remington works, which will open on Monday, July 16 with a public talk by the curator at 6 p.m. in the Museum’s Addie P. Newell Gallery. The exhibition, entitled, “Form and Gesture: Drawings by Frederic Remington” will focus on Remington’s different uses of mark-making to convey form and gesture. The works presented include a variety of techniques and media including ink and gouache. Small drawings, large-scale works, and sketchbooks will be on view. This exhibition aims to demonstrate the complexity of Remington’s drawings as sketch, fully realized work, and where those lines cross.
Jacobs also served as juror for the Museum’s Annual Members’ Juried Art Exhibit, which opened in May and which will remain on view through Sept. 9.
Jacobs is known for her sculpture, jewelry and drawings. She uses all three approaches to explore the tension and harmony between natural and man-made elements, often intermingling contradicting materials to explore those relationships.
“Materials heavily inspire my work--I’m drawn to elements that have a combination of textures or can be used to make a combination of textures and surfaces. For this reason, I primarily use metal in my work—steel in my sculpture and powdercoated brass in my jewelry. I find metal is an incredibly versatile material that lends strength and visual weight to the work, but can also be worked so that it is organic and delicate,” Jacobs said.
Born and raised in Ogdensburg, Margaret Jacobs is an enrolled member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. She attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. where she graduated with High Honors for her thesis work and received the prestigious Perspectives on Design (POD) Award.
She has participated in several artist residencies including at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT where she received a Native American Fellowship through the Harpo Foundation. She has shown at numerous galleries and juried art markets throughout the United States including at FLYNNDOG in Burlington, VT; 516 Arts in Albuquerque, NM; Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, IN; and the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, ME.
Her work has been featured in various print and online press including at mic.com in the article “11 Native American Artists Whose Work Redefines What It Means to Be American.” She was recently awarded the Rebecca Blunk Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Jacobs maintains a studio practice in New Hampshire where she is very active in her local community.
“Jacobs has undertaken an impressive range of work as part of her residency,” says Museum Education Specialist Laura Desmond, “from curating an exhibition of Remington’s drawings, to teaching classes in torch welding and in drawing with natural materials, to demonstrating and sharing her own exceptional work in metal and on paper. I anticipate that visitors of all ages will have an enriching experience during her residency, whether they simply stop in to talk and see her at work, take one of her torch welding classes or her drawing class, attend one of her presentations, or view her artworks on display in the Museum’s Hirschey Family Gallery.”
The Frederic Remington Art Museum is located at 303 Washington St.