George Tobolowsky ’70, ’74

January 2, 2014

Sculptures by George Tobolowsky are featured in The Elements of Hanukkah at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas through January 26. Among the large, welded steel works in the exhibit are “The War Menorah,” a menorah created from an actual bombshell to represent conflict in Israel; “The Maccabean Warrior” illustrating the struggle in the events of Hanukkah; and The Flame” representing the fire of the Hanukkah candles.

Museum Curator Scott Peck: “The very elements of Hanukkah are given substance and meaning; Tobolowsky captures deep spiritual essence in his creations.” Curator of the Nasher Sculpture Center Jed Morse stated: “Such is the alchemy of Tobolowsky’s artmaking: to resurrect base inert matter, the detritus of our industrialized civilization, and to transform it into variously whimsical, powerful, moving, poetic presences.” The late Dr. Edmund Pillsbury, former Director of the Kimbell Museum, said of Tobolowsky:” By virtue of their being beautifully crafted objects deeply rooted in nature and everyday life, his creations belong comfortably in the modernist tradition of Brancusi.”

Tobolowsky earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from SMU’s Cox School of Business and a Juris Doctor from Dedman School of Law. As an undergraduate he studied sculpture at Meadows School of the Arts.