Sally Jacobs is a painter and professor of art in painting and drawing. She received her MFA in 2007 from Western Carolina University where her most influential teachers were Barbara Grossman, Judy Glantzman, Lois Dodd and Stephen Westfall. She received her BFA from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio in 1991.
Jacobs has been the recipient of the Premio Prize from Leo Fortham studios in Florence, Italy. She has also been the recipient of a North Carolina Regional Artist’s grant. In 2012, Jacobs was selected for an international artist residency at Can Serrat in El Bruc, Spain.
Jacobs has had numerous exhibitions, including one person shows at Gruppo Donatello in Florence, Italy, the Paris New York Kent Gallery in Connecticut, Theater Arts Gallery in High Point, NC and numerous group shows at the Mobile Museum of Art in Mississippi, the City Gallery in Charleston, SC, the YMI Cultural Center in Asheville, NC, and the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA. She lives in Kings Mountain, North Carolina with her husband, Scott, and five year old son, George.
My current paintings explore fundamental questions surrounding my role as a mother. My six year old son is often my muse. The paintings hover between abstraction and representation demanding work from the viewer to reveal the image at hand. Boisterous and quiet colors reflect the emotional push and pull between chaos and order. The figures are in constant movement yet simultaneously frozen within the painting: a fleeting existence in paint. The paint itself becomes a record of time, secrets of past and present moments.