Jacob Rowan’s drawings explore how the intangibilities of thought can be transcribed into material substance. His interests range from ancient cosmologies to science-fiction and all the philosophies, theologies, and aesthetics in between. He received his MFA in Studio Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2019) and received a BA in Art from Belhaven University (2012). His work has been exhibited in multiple solo and group shows throughout the country and abroad. He currently lives in Jackson, MS where he teaches high school art and art history at Jackson Academy.
Drawing is thinking. It is a method of transcribing the intangibilities of thought into material substance. By drawing forth structures that can be seen, manipulated, and shared one makes visible the abstract mental realm and creates a dialog between ideas and reality
The ideas I explore through drawing are Edificial Epistemologies—the construction of knowledge into mental architectures in a search for truth and transcendence. My investigations span from ancient cosmologies to speculative fictions of the future, from medieval alchemy to the spiritualism of the first non-representational art, from cathedral facades to post-modern architecture. These diverse endeavors seem connected with an awe-ful order that is beyond comprehension from a single viewpoint. What can be perceived is the shadowy outline of a fragmented edifice crumbling towards heaven.
The dense, layered signs I create allow me to map, diagram, and notate my research and ideas as an archive that generates further questions. This labyrinthine puzzle of references and structures is a semantic gesture towards both the above mentioned concepts and, more simply, the aesthetic pleasure of thought.
SOLO and JOINT EXHIBITIONS:
MICA Grad Show: Edificial Epistemologies. Gateway Gallery, Baltimore, MD. 2019
Jacob Rowan at Cups in the Quarter. Cups in the Quarter, Jackson, MS. 2017
The Tower, the Desert, and Other Images. Deep South Pops Gallery, Jackson, MS. 2016
The Aesthetic of Illumination. Pearl River Glass Studio Gallery, Jackson, MS. 2015
Control and Release joint show with Bryan Fulton. Lisette’s Gallery, Jackson, MS. 2012
MFAST 2nd/3rd Year Exhibition. Riggs and Leidy Galleries. Baltimore, MD. 2018
MFAST 2nd/3rd Year Exhibition. Riggs and Leidy Galleries. Baltimore, MD. 2017
ROTHKO REFRACTIONS, New Stage Theater, Jackson, MS. 2016
Jackson Academy Faculty Art Show, Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center, Jackson, MS. 2016
Alumni Invitational. Bitsy Irby Gallery. Jackson MS. Juried. 2015
3rd Annual Cedars Juried Show. The Cedars. Jackson, MS. Juried. 2014
Junior Olympics Art Show. Jackson Convention Center. Jackson, MS. 2014
Composition, an Exhibition by the Jackson Art Movement. Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center. Jackson, MS. 2013
CityScape. Light, Space, and Time Online Gallery. Juried. 2013
Pop-up gallery at Asahi Hall. Tokyo, Japan. 2013
Pop-up gallery at Cafe Haus. Tokyo, Japan. 2013
The Collective, a Senior Art Exhibition. Arts Center of Mississippi. Jackson, MS. Juried. 2012
Mississippi Collegiate Arts Competition. Jackson, MS. Juried. 2012
Annual Student Show. Bitsy Irby Gallery. Jackson, MS. Juried. 2012
Annual Student Show. Bitsy Irby Gallery. Jackson, MS. Juried. 2011
Annual Student Show. Bitsy Irby Gallery. Jackson, MS. Juried. 2010
PUBLICATIONS, REVIEWS, and ARTICLES:
“Jacob Rowan” Interview in 365 Artists/365 Days, A Frank Juarez Gallery and Greymatter Gallery Collaborative Project. October, 2015
Art as Illumination [https://artasillumination.wordpress.com]. Blog featuring interviews, reviews, artwork, and essays. 2013–Present
Mississippi Aesthetic, Issue 2, contributing artist. 2013
Anamnesis Artwork published in Curator Magazine, an online arts and culture journal, October, 2013
The Brogue, Volume 12.1, contributing artist and writer. 2013
“Belhaven University Artists Display Excellent Work.” Review of senior exhibition in Mississippi Museum of Art blog. March, 2012
"Belhaven Art Studios.” Review by Joe Ellis in The Clarion-Ledger. February, 2012
“Fruits of Education,” “Lauging All Over Again,” and “Looking Again.” Articles published in the Culture section of the Jackson Free Press. May, 2012
The Brogue, Volume 10, contributing artist and writer. 2012
RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE:
Art Teacher at Jackson Academy: November 2013—Present. Jackson, MS (Created and implemented 9th-12th grade studio art and art history curriculum. Average of 70-100 students).
Private Art Tutor: January 2015—January 2016. Jackson, MS (Private drawing lessons for gifted students).
Artist in Residence with Community Arts Tokyo: January—July 2013. Tokyo, Japan (Exhibited art, curated pop-up galleries, organized art events, and led discussion groups).
Gallery Assistant at View Gallery: June—December 2012. Jackson, MS (Supervised gallery in owner's absence, designed booklet of artists’ statements, and discussed pieces with clients).
Receptionist at Mississippi Museum of Art: August—December 2012. Jackson, MS (Sold tickets and answered questions about temporary exhibitions).
Art Editor for The Brogue (The literary journal of Belhaven University): August 2011—August 2012. Jackson, MS (Selected visual art to be included in publication and assisted in editing written submissions).
Freelance Writer for the Art and Culture section of the Jackson Free Press: February—March 2012. Jackson, MS. (Wrote art and cultural reviews as needed).
Preparator’s Assistant at Mississippi Museum of Art: February 2012. Jackson, MS (Assisted in the installation of temporary exhibit).
Intern at Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Illustration Collection for the Division of Fishes: May—July 2011. Silver Springs, MD (Assisted in the conservation of scientific illustrations and database management).
Graphic design for various clients including wedding invitations and programs, logo design, CD packaging and booklet, fliers, posters, and shirt design. 2011—Present
Designed and constructed two backdrops for tutorial school program. 2012
Numerous house drawings for clients. 2011
Construction Assistant for Aftermath, a sculptural installation by H.C. Porter. 2010
HEADWAE Award: Belhaven University, March 2012
Who’s Who Among Students in America: March 2012
President’s List and Dean’s List: Belhaven University, 2008-2012
Art Scholarship: Belhaven University, 2008-2012
Academic Scholarship: Belhaven University, 2008-2012
M.F.A. in Studio Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art: Baltimore, MD. 2019
B.A. in Art with a minor in Creative Writing from Belhaven University: Jackson, MS. 2012