Artist Dolf James has remained at the forefront of North Florida sculpture while tirelessly contributing his ideas, talents, and time to galvanizing Jacksonville’s burgeoning creative community.
In 2014 James was the recipient of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s “Arts Innovator” award. In 2016 the Cultural Council chose James as one of the 40 Cultural Icons of the region. Folio Magazine, on their 29th anniversary, named Dolf James one of the 29 largest “Agitators, Truth-Seekers & Crusaders” in North East Florida, explaining he has probably done more for local artists than any other individual in the history of the region.
He was the driving force behind the creation of CoRK Arts District, the sprawling warehouse complex in Riverside that provides studio space to artists. James’ advocacy may well have been inspired by his keen knowledge of exactly how difficult it can be to get one’s start as an artist. His work as a sculptor will be a lasting part of his legacy, as will his immeasurable munificence toward other artists.
- Installation of “Equal Point”, a large aluminum sculpture, on the front lawn of the Cummer Museum of Art in Jacksonville, Florida.
- Temporary installation of “14, Solution #1”, a large sculpture in the Rotunda in Jacksonville’s City Hall, Providing the main attraction for the Cultural Councils Annual VIP reception. The first sculptural installation ever allowed in City Hall.
- Organized and manage the CoRK Arts District. An eighty thousand square foot complex containing three galleries and studios for over seventy artist.
- Installation of “Icon Chairs”. A large sculpture commissioned by the Museum Of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, for a solo presentation in the Atrium Gallery.
- Conceived of and co-organized the public art project “Imagination Squared”. An installation of over nine hundred original works of art by regional artist which debuted to record crowds at the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville. This project is now permanently installed in the cities main library.
- Designed and constructed a multi-pieced sculptural installation in Jacksonville’s “Main Street Park”, formatted to include the art of twenty four other area artist including performances. This month long project is often referred to as the “tipping point” for the emergence of Jacksonville’s local art scene.
- “The Red Chair Project” was a three piece variable sculpture installed temporarily in “strange places” around Jacksonville. Photographs where taken and posted on social media. The project became so popular the International Airport at Jacksonville offered to close their main runway for a few hours if we would bring the sculptures there for photographs.
- Received the 2014 Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s award for “Art Innovation”.
- In 2016 received the “Cultural Icon” award from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville for being one of the Forty all time Cultural Icons of Northeast Florida.
- In 2016 was named one of the 29 largest “Agitators, Truth-Seekers & Crusaders” in the region by Folio Magazine.
“Between structure and chaos, decay and rebirth, status quo and rebellion.
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