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    George Tobolowsky
    Looking for Light
    Sculpture of Steel and Found Objects
    21 x 23 x 9 inches (53.3 x 58.4 x 22.9 cm)
    The Artscape Auction Benefits The Dallas Arboretum
    Donated by: George Tobolowsky
    Retail Value: $6,500

    ABOUT THE ARTIST
    As a native of Dallas, Texas, I earned my business degree and law degree from Southern Methodist University in the early '70s. While at SMU, I also minored in Sculpture studying under Texas artist James Surls, who became my mentor and friend. After graduation, I entered the business world, and spent the next several decades building a successful business and legal career. I was not producing art myself until about ten years ago when I felt an inspiration and with the encouragement of my mentor, Surls; I embarked on my own artistic path. My output over the past ten years has been enormous: over 450 sculptures, 30 Solo Museum and Public Art Exhibitions and 31 Group Exhibitions throughout the U.S.

    I make abstract metal sculptures from steel and stainless steel "found objects". These found objects however, are not of the everyday sort, but rather bulky industrial metal castoffs that I scour scrap yards and fabrication plants to find. I rarely alter theses metal pieces but instead work to fit the individual scraps together - much like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle - into a balanced compositions. My sculptures are one part assemblage and one part recycling, which follows closely with the philosophy of another early artistic influence and mentor, Louise Nevelson.

    My titles are typically added upon completion and offer a suggestion for interpretation but mindfully allows room for various readings within each piece. My works represent a logical extension of the welded steel sculpture tradition that can be traced from Julio Gonzalez to David Smith. My sculptures are in 43 National and International Museums, University Collections and Public Art Collections. My pieces are also in numerous Private Collections. I have had Exhibitions in Vail, CO., Portland OR, Chicago IL, New York City, Chautauqua NY, New Orleans LA, Palo Alto CA. and throughout Texas and India. In January 2015, I co-produced and participated in an International Exhibition of 12 Texas Artists at the National Academy of Art in New Delhi, India. One of my sculptures was selected by the National Academy for their Collection. Also in 2015, I was selected for an "Interdisciplinary Residency Program" at Texas A&M University with a major Exhibition on campus and throughout College Station and a piece was acquired for the Texas A&M University Art Collection. In 2016, I have had exhibitions at The International Museum of Art & Science in McAllen,TX, The Dallas' District, The National Museum of Jewish Art, Dallas, TX , The State Fair of Texas, Dallas and The Jewish National Fund National Office, NYC. In 2017, I will have exhibitions at The San Antonio Botanical Garden, Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, Austin College in Texas and possibly The Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art, Israel.
    Source:georgetobolowsky.com

    ABOUT THE AUCTION
    Proceeds from the Artscape auction will benefit The Dallas Arboretum. This auction will open online and will have bids transferred to a live event on Friday, May 12, 2017. If you the winning bid online, you will be notified following the event on Monday, May 15, 2017. The organization will collect payment and handle shipping of the winning lots. For any questions regarding the auction, please contact Kristen Schultz, KristenS@HA.com or 214.409.1775.

    ABOUT THE EVENT
    The Great Contributor to Art Award
    As part of Artscape Reimagined, the Dallas Arboretum will recognize a patron of the arts for their contributions to and support of the arts in Dallas. The Great Contributor to Art Award will be presented to Craig Hall at the Artscape Award and Auction Dinner in Rosine Hall on May 12. This prize was designed and contributed by Gary Lee Price, whose Great Contributors exhibition at the Arboretum inspired the award.

    Tickets to the dinner are available for sale now.
    Limited tickets are available at $300.
    Additional are available at $350 and $500 (Patron)
    Tables available at $3,500 and $5,000

    Dallas Arboretum
    8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218

    For additional ticket info, contact Missy Whisler at (214)515-6688.

    ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
    The Mission
    The mission of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is to build and maintain a public venue that promotes the art, enjoyment and knowledge of horticulture, while providing opportunities for education and research. We are committed to excellence, good management and fiscal responsibility.

    The Dallas Arboretum Today
    More than 1,096,000 visitors from all 50 states, as well as 90 countries, came through our gates in 2016. The Arboretum has been listed among the top arboretums in the world and the number of honors is so extensive it is listed on our website. The Dallas Arboretum is proud to offer the public an array of popular annual events, educational programs for children and adults, and an emphasis on family-oriented activities. Groundbreaking horticultural research conducted in our Trial Gardens continues to contribute to an important body of knowledge, both regionally and nationally.

    Located on the shores of White Rock Lake, the Arboretum's 66 acres include a complete life science laboratory with endless potential for discovery. The Arboretum has a 75 member Board of Directors, 120 full-time paid staff members, 50+ part-time paid staff members, and more than 273 active volunteers.

    Support for the Dallas Arboretum and our members, donors and the Dallas Park and Recreation Department provide Botanical Garden.





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