Art Faculty - Philip Jacobson

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Meet Philip Jacobson

Professor Phil hails from upstate New York and holds an MA in Painting and Sculpture and an MFA in STUDIO ARTS: Painting & Printmaking. But, his real education in the Arts came when he was 19 and turned down ivy-league scholarships to study painting and printmaking in Vienna, Austria under the renowned artist, Ernst Fuchs.  After this, Jacobson traveled extensively, including India, where he studied meditation, Eastern philosophy and wandered naked with a group of sadhus. The professor founded and directed the School of Extended Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where he served as the Dean from 1991 - 1997.  In 1997 Ernst Fuchs requested that Prof. Phil formally carry on his teachings and he has been holding his renowned international painting seminars ever since. In 2012, his partner, Mantra Cora, joined him in organizing and teaching in the seminars. The artist has participated in more than 100 exhibitions and his writings have been read worldwide. He is the author of the now classic; DRINKING LIGHTNING - Art, Creativity, and Transformation from Shambhala Publications and PROMETHEAN FLAMES- Rekindling and Re-visioning the Creative Fire, both of which include Introductions and Forewords by Ken Wilber, Ernst Fuchs, Prof. Michael Schwartz and Robin Sean Petersen. Most recently, Prof Phil relocated to the Great Bend area with his wife Mantra and daughter Liya and has joined the faculty of the Fine Arts Program at Barton Community College teaching Painting, Drawing and a number of forth-coming courses in the works.