New Hampshire
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Margaret Jacobs

I believe in the importance of objects and their power to relay narratives which is why sculpture and jewelry resonates with me so strongly.  From early on, storytelling and making have been an integral part of my life and I see my family’s lineage built into my work. 

I am interested in exploring the tension and harmony between man-made objects and those occurring in nature. Materials heavily inspire my work--I’m drawn to elements that have a combination of textures or can be used to make a combination of textures and surfaces. For this reason, I primarily use metal in my work--steel in my sculpture and powdercoated brass in my jewelry. I find metal is an incredibly versatile material that lends strength and visual weight to the work, but can also be worked so that it is organic and delicate.

In both my sculpture and jewelry, I frequently intermingle contradicting materials and colors. I believe that the materials and objects chosen for the artmaking process have their own narrative. It is important for me to use a material in a manner that remains true to this narrative and to see how and what it can lend to the work and add to my story.

As a member of the Akwesasne Mohawk Tribe, my culture inspires me to create pieces charged with power, strength, and beauty and in turn, I believe my work celebrates indigenous culture with a bold, powerful aesthetic.


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I Have Worked With

  • July 2018

    Former Exhibition Director at AVA Gallery and Art Center. 

    Current AVA Faculty for the Sculptural Studies Building teaching Welding for Teens, Basic Welding, Welding for Women I and II, Professional Development, and Powdercoating.

  • May 2018

    Participated in Inaugural Abbe Museum Indian Market in Bar Harbor, ME.

  • December 2017

    Participated in CraftBoston Holiday at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Metalsmith, Educator
Physical Address: 
Enfield, NH 03748
Last Name: 

I am a Native American Artist

Native Heritage Designation: 
Native American
Tribal Status: 
Federally Recognized
Tribe Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Additional Disciplines: 
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Jewelry
Visual/Crafts - Metal
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Art Sales
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Portfolio Review
Geographic Reach: 

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Dartmouth College, Thesis High Honors, BA
Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency, Johnson, VT, 2010; 2015
Artist Residency, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY
Rebecca Blunk Fund Awardee, NEFA
Artist Residency, Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg, NY
Harpo Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Presidential Scholarship, Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO
Nomination, Emerging Artist Award, St. Botolph Club Foundation, Boston, MA
Dartmouth General Fellowship, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Perspective on Design Award, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Allen Houser Award, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Paul K. Richter and Evalyn E. Cook Richter Memorial Fund Grant, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
George Schoenhut Service Award, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Ages Served: 
High School-age