BILL JACOBSON (American, b. 1955)

Born in Norwich, Connecticut, in 1955, Bill Jacobson received a BFA from Brown University in 1977 with an independent concentration in Art and American Studies.  In 1981, Jacobson received a MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Recently, Jacobson has been exploring a new body of work called Place (Series). Minimal still-lives, these images and are the result of placing rectangles of various sizes in a variety of both man-made and natural settings. They suggest both a range of architectures and the contradictions between architecture and nature. Inherent in this work is the dialogue between the 'abstract' and the 'real,’ an idea also present in his earlier, out-of-focus images. There are also notions of the infinite, echoing the very white and very dark portraits Jacobson began nearly twenty years ago.

Jacobson has shown in galleries and museums worldwide since 1980 and has received many awards, which include a month-long artist residency at Yaddo in Saratoga, NY; Art in Residence at the Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Photographer's Fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation; Photographers Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts; month-long artist residency at the Edward Albee Foundation in Montauk, NY; and a month-long artist residency at Blue Mountain Center in Blue Mountain Lake, NY.

Jacobson currently resides in New York City.

Selected Collections:

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

New York Public Library, New York, NY

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey, NJ

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY