BRIAN R. JOBE

Brian Russell Jobe (American, b. 1981) is an artist and arts non-profit director based in Tennessee.

Jobe's studio practice is focused on sculpture, installation, and public art. His solo exhibitions have been on view at venues such as Mixed Greens Gallery (New York, NY), Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum (San Antonio, TX), University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY), Alabama Contemporary Art Center (Mobile, AL), and McNay Art Museum (San Antonio, TX). He has two permanent, outdoor sculptures located at the Western North Carolina Sculpture Park (Lenoir, NC) and Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum (Knoxville, TN).

Jobe typically creates schemes for public interaction through the delineation of pathways. He also constructs site-specific, collaged meeting points using material signifiers of natural and human-made landscapes. Repetition suggests endlessness: walking, arriving, pacing, leaving, returning.

Born in Houston, Texas and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Jobe received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tennessee in 2004 and Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2006. After living in Brooklyn, NY for a time, he relocated with his wife, painter Carolyn Jobe, to Tennessee.

In 2015, Brian and Carolyn Jobe founded Tri-Star Arts, an organization working to spotlight and grow the contemporary visual arts in Tennessee. Presently, he is the Executive Director of Tri-Star Arts, programming annual exhibition projects and speakers, the web resource LocateArts.org, the forthcoming 2022 Tennessee Triennial, as well as 2 programs launching in 2020: Tri-Star Arts TV and a new annual granting initiative through the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Regional Regranting Program. Jobe regularly serves as a visiting speaker, conversation moderator, and juror across the Southeastern U.S.