Margaret Jacobs, Mohawk, 1 of 3 recipients of the 2018 Rebecca Blunk Fund Award

Each of the three recipients will receive an award of $3,000 in unrestricted support for the creation of new work

News Release

Margaret Jacobs / NEFA

Margaret Jacobs (margaretjacobs.com) is one of three recipients (Toto Kisaku and Arien Wilkerson) of the 2018 Rebecca Blunk Fund. Given through the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), this award is an unrestricted prize that recognizes artists for excellence and accomplishment in their field. Each of the three recipients will receive an award of $3,000 in unrestricted support for the creation of new work and for professional development. Toto Kisaku is an award-winning Congolese playwright, actor, director, and producer residing in Middletown, CT and Arien Wilkerson is a choreographer, movement, video, and installation artist residing in Hartford, CT.

Jacobs, a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, is originally from Ogdensburg, NY and currently resides in Enfield, NH. She attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where she graduated with High Honors for her thesis work and received the prestigious Perspectives on Design Award (POD).

Jacobs’ artist residencies have included at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, where she received a Native American Fellowship through the Harpo Foundation. She has shown at numerous galleries and juried art markets throughout the U.S. and her work has been featured in various print and online press including the mic.com article, 11 Native American Artists Whose Work Redefines What It Means to Be American. Jacobs will be the Artist in Residence at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, NY from July 9 through 20.

Jacobs maintains a studio practice in New Hampshire where she currently acts as the Secretary for the Board of Directors for the Native American Alumni Association at Dartmouth (NAAAD) and the Treasurer for the Board of Directors for CATV (Community Access Television) in White River Jct., VT.

Jacobs is known for her sculpture, jewelry and drawings. She uses all three approaches to explore the tension and harmony between natural and man-made objects, often intermingling unexpected and contradicting materials to explore those relationships.

In addition to the announcement by Jacobs, the NEFA press release reads as follows:

Margaret Jacobs (margaretjacobs.com), a jewelry maker and sculptor residing in Enfield, NH, was born and raised in northern New York, and is an enrolled member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. She attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where she graduated with High Honors for her thesis work and received the prestigious Perspectives on Design Award.

Jacobs’ artist residencies have included the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, where she received a Native American Fellowship through the Harpo Foundation. She has shown at numerous galleries and juried art markets throughout the U.S., including FLYNNDOG in Burlington, VT; 516 Arts in Albuquerque, NM; Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, IN, and the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, ME. Her work has been featured in various print and online press including the mic.com article, 11 Native American Artists Whose Work Redefines What It Means to Be American.

Jacobs is known for her sculpture, jewelry and drawings. She uses all three approaches to explore the tension and harmony between natural and man-made, often intermingling unexpected and contradicting materials to explore those relationships. Jacobs maintains a studio practice in New Hampshire where she is very active in her local community.

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About the Rebecca Blunk Fund

The Rebecca Blunk Fund at the New England Foundation for the Arts was established in memory of Rebecca Blunk (1953-2014), celebrating her 29 years of service to NEFA and her abiding passion for the arts. Honoring Rebecca’s desire that the fund support artistic creation, connection, and curation, the Fund awards annual grants to New England artists whose work demonstrates creative excellence and professional accomplishment. Awards are in the form of unrestricted funds intended to support artists’ professional development and creation of new work. NEFA welcomes donations to the fund on an ongoing basis; as with all donations to NEFA, donations to the Rebecca Blunk Fund are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Acknowledging Rebecca Blunk’s long service and expertise as part of the NEFA staff, artist nomination is made by NEFA program staff with comments by external advisors.

About Rebecca Blunk

Rebecca came to NEFA from the Nebraska Arts Council in 1985 as the director of performing arts and then served as deputy director for ten years before being named executive director in 2004. Under her leadership, the organization brought important resources to New England, strengthening its capacity to connect artists and communities through regional, national, and international programs. A tireless champion of the arts – from public art, the visual arts, music, dance, theater, and puppetry – Rebecca’s unwavering presence was felt across the arts and culture landscape, through her work in performing arts creation and touring, the creative economy, Native American arts, and cultural exchange on an international scale. Throughout her career, she derived deep personal reward from the artists and administrators with whom she worked.

About New England Foundation for the Arts

The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in artists and communities and fosters equitable access to the arts, enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation. NEFA accomplishes this by granting funds to artists and cultural organizations; connecting them to networks and knowledge-building opportunities; and analyzing their economic contributions. NEFA serves as a regional partner for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England’s state arts agencies, and private foundations. Learn more at www.nefa.org

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