Margaret Jacobs is a metalsmith known for her powder-coated jewelry that explores the tension and harmony between natural and man-made. She intermingles unexpected shapes and contradicting materials, using diverse imagery that ranges from abstract fungus to pop art-influenced lightning bolts. Exploring the tension between color, surface, and form, Margaret combines understated and more impactful moments in the same piece. Margaret joins powder-coated metal with materials more frequently associated with Indigenous work, such as antler, shell, and horn.
Margaret comes from a creative family, where arts and crafts were a part of daily life. She received a 2019 Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship through the First Peoples Fund and a 2018 Rebecca Blunk Fund award through the New England Foundation for the Arts. She was named as one of Art New England Magazine’s 10 Emerging New England Artists. She has had residencies at Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota and the Vermont Studio Center, where she received a Native American Fellowship through the Harpo Foundation. Recent exhibitions include the Boise Art Museum, 516 Arts in New Mexico, and Ma and Ma’s House in New York.