Jacob Williams
Class of 2014
Pacific Monsoon 2014, glazed ceramic, 13" x 7" x 7"
Pacific Monsoon
2014, glazed ceramic, 13" x 7" x 7"
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McArthur, California New York, New York

EDUCATION

2014 School of Visual Arts, MFA

2011 Hunter College CUNY, BA Studio Art


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012 Ugly Sticks, Orchard Windows Gallery, 37 Orchard St. New York

2010 WE-ARE-FAMILIA, POP UP! Gallery, 539 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, New York

2010 Possession, Ober Gallery, Kent, CT

2006 Nightmare of the Haunted Buddha, Diesel Denim Gallery, New York. Curated by Sebastien Agneessens


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013 Big Time, Allentown Freak Out, 612 Hamilton st. Allentown, Pennsylvania

(Upcoming) Antithesis, Present Company, New York. Curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud

(Upcoming) Now, Fuse Infrastructure, Allentown, Pennsylvania

2011 Phillips de Pury Staff Art Show, 450 west 15th st New York

2009 Warm in the Shadows, Shea Stadium, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York

2006 The Art Parade, Deitch Projects, On West Broadway from Houston to Grand, co-produced by Paper Magazine and Creative Time. My piece title: "Army of Darkness"

!@#$%, artist:network, 424 Broadway, New York

MePrettyYouUgly, Sputnik, 262 Taaffe Pl. Brooklyn, New York

2005 Crime, artist:network, 424 Broadway, New York. Curated by Marc Hungerbuehler

2000 Na'er do Wells, DNA Studios, 30 Howard St. New York. Reviewed by Roberta Smith, NY Times, Aug 4th, 2000

1999 Ragnorak, 330 W. 38th st. New York

Paradise 8, Exit Art/The First World, 548 Broadway, New York. Curated by Kenny Schachter

A Room With A View, Sixth@Prince Fine Art, 202 6th Avenue #4f, New York. Curated by Mike Weiss

1998 Misanthropes, 519 Broadway, New York

1997 Cambio, 526 W. 26th St. New York. Curated by Kenny Schachter. Reviewed by Holland Cotter, NY Times Art in Review, Nov. 28 1997

Tools, weapons, and utilitarian objects which are an extension of the human hand, arm and body have continued to interest me more than traditional stand alone figurative sculpture. Now, the absence of the figure has been replaced by the viewer/audience who can complete or activate my sculpture. The ergonomic bend of a centuries old medieval scythe, designed to perfectly interact with the human body, this harmony between the tool and the maker is something which I aspire to achieve. Taking a close look at Franz West's adaptives and Claes Oldenburg's ray guns I have attempted to articulate a body of work relating to systems of war and warrior culture.
Jacob Williams, class of 2014

MFA Fine Arts is a full-time, two-year, 60-credit program
Seminars and workshops are complemented by weekly visits from artists, curators, critics and gallerists, who are invited to give lectures and meet with students in their studios. Students may audit up to four undergraduate and continuing education courses, and take advantage of SVA’s lectures and other resources. Each student is given a private studio with 24-hour access. At the end of each semester, open studios provide students with opportunities to present their work to the public and gain professional exposure. Graduating students take part in our annual thesis exhibition. 
 
We respect craft and form, but we also encourage an approach to art-making in which ideas or questions serve as points of departure for artistic processes that may lead in unforeseen directions. While some students may remain committed to a single medium for the duration of their study, most experiment with multiple modes of production.
 
In addition to drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, students may explore animation, digital art, installation, performance, photography, public projects, social practice, video, and numerous other disciplines. Students in the MFA Fine Arts program have the freedom to reinvent themselves. And with access to private departmental facilities for photography, video production, large format printing and woodworking, and to innovative labs at SVA for digital fabrication, bio art, printmaking, metalworking, ceramics, textiles and risography, students can pursue many approaches to making their art.
The close relationship between faculty and students—formed in studio visits, critique groups, seminars and workshops, but also through informal interactions—gives students the confidence to produce as much work as they can and to follow a personal course of intellectual and aesthetic investigation.
 
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for degree conferral. In exceptional instances, students may be allowed to transfer up to 15 credits from other accredited graduate programs, and be eligible to complete the program in three semesters
 

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