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Cathy Jacobs

Cathy Jacobs
Cathy Jacobs

Cathy Jacobs


Fiber/Textiles

I create unique, multi-dimensional, and airy textile wall-hangings.

As a long time oil painter turned textile artist, I think of myself as a painter who weaves. I traded in my oil paints and easel for colorful linen yarns and a large...Read More

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Artist accepts commissions.

STATEMENT

I create unique, multi-dimensional, and airy textile wall-hangings.

As a long time oil painter turned textile artist, I think of myself as a painter who weaves. I traded in my oil paints and easel for colorful linen yarns and a large wooden floor loom. Although much of my work is now three-dimensional, 1950’s color field painting and 19th century impressionist painting are still huge inspirations. My larger artworks are studies in optics and color, while my smaller works are abstract designs that come about like stream-of-conscious thought. The resulting work is ethereal, delicately beautiful, and subtly emotive.

In the process of making, I always think about screens and the act of seeing through many layers. Seeing the world through fog, looking through long blades of grass, or seeing the sky through the thatched branches of a forest, I find the beauty in these layers.

BIO

Cathy Jacobs received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Wayne State University in Detroit. In 2015, she went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree at Eastern Michigan University where she began weaving. Her airy, atmospheric paintings became the precursors to her transparent and ethereal textile work. She has exhibited artwork in the United States and Canada, most notably at the World of Threads Festival in Ontario, Canada, the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City, and SOFA Expo (with Next Step Studio and Gallery) in Chicago. In 2020, she was invited to display her work in London, England as well. She lives with her husband in Ann Arbor and works at her studio in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

EXHIBITIONS/SHOWS/COMMISSIONS

Solo and 2-person Exhibitions:

2021- Dreamscapes with Artist Luzhen Qiu, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI
2020 - Peering Through Strata with Luzhen Qiu, Hatch Art Center, Hamtramck, MI
2017 - Universe, Aquarium Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
2017 - Dreamscapes, Woods Gallery, Huntington Woods, MI
2017 - Color Wave , Art of Custom Framing, Troy, MI
2017 - Atmospheric, AADL Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
2015 - Capturing Space, Ford Gallery at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
2015 - Between Earth and Sky, Lindgren Gallery at George Fox University, Newberg, OR


Design and Craft Fairs:

2020 - Cluster Crafts Fair, London, England
2016 - Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY
2016 - Architectural Digest Design Show, New York, NY
2015 - SOFA Expo,Navy Pier, Chicago, IL


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2019 - Spring Happening, Next Step Studio and Gallery, Ferndale, MI
2019 - National Juried Exhibition, Kreft Gallery at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI

2018 - Group Exhibit, State of the Arts Gallery, Sarasota, FL
2018 - Spring Happening, Next Step Studio and Gallery, Ferndale, MI
2018 - Sanctuary, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI

2017 - Group Exhibit, State of the Arts Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
2017 - Annual Group Show, Next Step Studio and Gallery, Ferndale, MI
2017 - Emergent Effect, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
2017 - Spring Happening, Next Step Studio and Gallery, Ferndale, MI

2016 - World of Threads, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
2016 - Echoes, Ypsi Alloy Studios Group Exhibition, 22 North Gallery, Ypsilanti, MI
2016 - Current Conversations, Next Step Studio and Gallery of Ferndale, MI

2015 - Annual Group Exhibition, Next Step Studio and Gallery, Ferndale, MI
2015 - POP-X at Liberty Park Plaza, curated by Joe Levickas, Ann Arbor, MI

2014 - Crossing Paths, Ypsilanti Art Incubator, Ypsilanti, MI
2014 - MEGA Exhibition, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

2013 - ArtPrize, Douglas J Aveda Institute, Grand Rapids, MI
2013 - Memory, Time, and Private Spaces - Three-person exhibition with Carolyn Reed-Barritt & Christine Bruxvoort, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
2013 - Annual All Media Exhibition, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI

2012 - Art Crawl, River Gallery, Chelsea, MI
2012 - Collage, Assemblage, and Construction, King Gallery of LowellArts, Lowell, MI
2012 - Michigan’s Emerging Graduate Artists Juried Show, Gallery 104 at Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
2012 - Inspired Art - Studio 1219, Port Huron, MI

2011 - 4th National Juried Exhibition, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY
2011 - 19th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Canton, MI
2011 - 89th Annual All Media Exhibition, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
2011 - Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI
2011 - 30 x 30 Works, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI

2010 - 18th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Canton, MI
2010 - 88th Annual All Media Exhibition, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
2010 - 30 x 30 Works, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI

2008 - Displaced Spirit, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
2008 - The Annual All Media Exhibition, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI

2004 - Gallery 555 Group Exhibition, Gallery 555, Ypsilanti, MI
2004 - Introducing New Artist’s, Gallery 555, Ypsilanti, MI

EDUCATION

2015 - MFA, Painting, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
1996 - BFA , Painting, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

AWARDS/DISTINCTIONS

2019
SECOND PLACE - National Juried Exhibition - Kreft Gallery at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI

2012
HONORABLE MENTION - Michigan’s Emerging Graduate Artists Juried Show - Gallery 104 at Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI

2010
THIRD PLACE - 18th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition - The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Canton, MI

ARTIST'S TAGS

textile artist, handwoven, fiber art, woven sculpture, tapestry, abstraction, linen, wall-hanging