Janel Jacobson

Biography

Collections (Public)
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Minnesota Historical Society, Porcelain, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Wood and Porcelain
Renwick Gallery Of The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Wood and Porcelain
Brooklyn Museum Of Art, Brooklyn, NY, Porcelain
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, Porcelain
The International Museum of Ceramic Art Alfred, NY, Porcelain
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI, Porcelain
Art In the Embassies Program, American Embassy Wellington, New Zealand, Porcelain


Fellowships & Grants
Enduring Vision Award – Bush Foundation 2008
The Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant 2004
Individual Artist Grant: East Central Arts Council 2000
The Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship Grant 1998
Individual Artist Grant: East Central Arts Council 1995
The Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship Grant 1991
Bush Artist Fellows Program Finalist, but not recipient 2004, 2006 & 2008


Awards: both wood and porcelain years
Directors Choice Award, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, Illinois 2011
Overall Excellence, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, Illinois 2005
Excellence In Wood, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, Illinois 2004
Artist of Distinction, Minnesota Crafts Council 2003
Merit & Craftsmen’s Choice Awards, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, D.C., 2003
Artists’ Choice Award, CraftBoston, Boston, Massechussets 2002
First Prize Award, Philadelphia Museum Of Art Craft Show 2000
Second Prize Award, Philadelphia Museum Of Art Craft Show 1999
Juror’s Award, A celebration of Sierra Woods, Invitational: Objects of Art and Utility, CA 1997
The Broken Thumb Award, International Netsuke Society Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii, ”...which is presented to a living carver who has come up so quickly and superbly
that a threat of a broken thumb is promised by envious contemporaries.” This award was given by peers, in a delightfully serious and light-hearted ceremony. 1997
Excellence in Ceramics, Philadelphia Museum Of Art Craft Show 1995
Honorable Mention, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, D.C. 1995
Juror’s Award, Crafts National 27, Pennsylvania State University 1993
Excellence In Ceramics, Philadelphia Museum Of Art Craft Show 1992
Honorable Mention, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, D.C. 1991
Excellence In Clay: ACC Craft Fair, Minneapolis, MN Purchase Award 1990
Juror’s Award The Phipps Center For The Arts, Hudson, WI 1990
Schwarzschild Award for Decorative Object, Richmond, VA Craft And Design Show 1989
Best In Ceramics, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, IL 1989
Third Place Award, Monarch Tile National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo, TX 1989
Purchase & Merit Awards, S.I.U.E. Clay National, Edwardsville, IL 1988
Awards: stoneware years
Purchase Award, Lincolnwood Art Festival, Chicago, IL 1973




Museum Exhibitions
Wood
Ohio Designer Craftsmen-Ohio Craft Museum: National Treasures Exhibition, Columbus, OH 2011
Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C. A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection, “Coiled Snake” 2010
Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C. Permanent Collection on display, carved porcelain. 2008
Contemporary Netsuke: Masterful Miniatures, Museum of Art and Design, New York City, NY 2007
The Edges of Grace, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA 2006
Celebrating Nature: Craft Traditions/Contemporary Expressions, Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles,
CA 2004
Minnesota Museum Of American Art: MN Biennial 2002, Saint Paul, MN 2002
Chiba City Museum Of Art, Japan, Contemporary Netsuke: The Kinsey Collection 2001
The Renwick Invitational: Five Women in Craft, March - August of 2000
The Renwick Invitational: Symposium, presenter, Renwick Alliance, Wash., D.C. 2000
Santa Barbara Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA, Netsuke: The Japanese Art Of Miniature Carving 2000
H F Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Netsuke: The Japanese Art Of Miniature Carving 1999
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN, Netsuke: The Japanese Art Of Miniature Carving 1998
Miniature Sculpture from Japan and Beyond: Contemporary Netsuke, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA 1997

Publications (abbreviated list)
The Woodcarvers Gazette Winter issue 2014-15, Vol. 3-Issue 7, pp 12-14
SNAG Technical Article Online: Small Scale Carving, September 2014
Woodcarving Feature & Cover Photo, UK May/June 2014 No.138. pp 37-41
Ornament: Smithsonian Craft Show 2013
American Woodturner, Fishing The Outer Reaches, 2012
100 Midwest Artists, Ashley Rooney, 2011
Fine Woodworking magazine: Readers Gallery, December 2010
A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection, Nicholas R. Bell, 2010
Wood Art Today 2, Jeffrey B. Snyder, 2010
Princess Takamado Netsuke Classes: Transcription/Book, Osaka, Japan 2010
Princess Takamado Netsuke Classes: Transcription/Book, Osaka, Japan 2009
Luther College Alumni Magazine, Fall 2008
Fine Woodworking magazine: Readers Gallery, October 2007
Craft Arts International, Celebrating Nature, Kevin Wallace, 2004
International Netsuke Society Journal, Kinsey, Twenty-First Century Netsuke, Fall 2004
Sculptural Pursuit, Artful Business, 2004
Sculptural Pursuit, Diana Dietvorst, Janel Jacobson: Celebrates Nature’s Smaller Treasures 2003
Wood Art Today, Dona Z. Meilach, 2003
Ornament: Smithsonian Craft Show 2003
Ceramics Monthly: “Ripples”, Marguerite Wildenhain and her Pond Farm Students 2002
Contemporary Netsuke:“The Kinsey Collection”, Chiba City Museum Of Art Catalog, Japan 2001
American Craft: “Five Women in Craft”, Sarah Tanguy Dec. 2000
American Style: “East Meets West”, Lee Lawrence, Spring 2001
American Craft: “Contemporary Netsuke”, Joyce Lovelace June/July 2000
American Craft: “Gallery” August/September 1998
Wood Shop News: Craft Fair Circuit, Daniel Mac Alpine, February 1997
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN, Netsuke: The Japanese Art Of Miniature Carving, 1998
Ornament: “Janel Jacobson. Stirring The Dawn”, Carolyn L.E. Benesh, Spring 1997
Contemporary Netsuke, “Miniature Sculpture from Japan and Beyond”, Kinsey, 1997


Visit my web site to read a more complete resume that lists the shows, exhibitions, invitationals, along with other resume listings from both wood and porcelain years.