Adams Gallery, located in the Heydel Fine Arts Center on the campus of Cumberland University, will present an exhibit of Nan Jacobsohn’s ceramic sculpture from Sept. 29 through Oct. 29.
A reception for the artist will be held on Monday, Oct. 12, from 5 until 7 p.m., with an informal gallery talk at 6.
Jacobsohn’s work is made from ceramics and other materials, and features a variety of subject matter. Since 1996, Jacobsohn has devoted her full-time to making art, living and working with her husband, an artist and woodcarver, in the mountains between Sparta and Monterey. When she moved there, she took her horse with her, and has been inspired by horse imagery ever since.
The artist said, “I use the image of the horse in my sculpture to represent many things, both subconscious and mythological. The horse represents power and grace, but has historically also represented life’s journey toward death.”
She also features sculptures that use stories of women’s lives to describe physical and emotional hardships endured. “Most of these women have not attained any particular prominence in the public world. They are neighbors, friends or casual acquaintances, but they have poignant tales of experiences that challenged their spirits and will to survive.”
Although sculpture in clay has been her consuming interest for the past 20 odd years, like many artists, she has worked in related fields of endeavor to support her passion. She taught art in high schools in California, Massachusetts and Georgia after receiving a B.A. from Pasadena College in California. She holds, in addition, a Master's degree in Liberal Arts from Vanderbilt University. Jacobsohn also served as an Artist in the Schools, through the Tennessee Arts Commission and Williamson County Arts Commission.
Jacobsohn was responsible for designing and implementing the Cheekwood Museum of Art outreach program, and she redesigned and directed the Education Department there. During her seven-year tenure at Cheekwood, she also participated as an artist in two exhibitions, "About Face" that hung at the Nashville airport and at Cheekwood. She served as the Executive Director of Traveller's Rest, on the board of the Williamson County Arts Commission and the screening committee for Tennessee Association of Craft Artists.
Her sculpture has been exhibited and sold through shows and galleries throughout the East.