Jere graduated from Georgia State University after completing work on an M.A. degree in philosophy in 2000 and an M.F.A. degree in sculpture in 2002.  He was an adjunct professor from 2001 through 2005, during which time he taught sculpture, woodworking, art theory, and the philosophy of art at the Atlanta College of Art, Brenau University, and Georgia State University.  He taught foundations, sculpture electives and the philosophy of art at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH for 7 years before moving to Richmond, VA in 2012. He currently teaches sculpture, design and philosophy at Collegiate School.

MFA, Sculpture, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

MA, Philosophy, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

BS, Finance/Economics, Babson College, Wellesley, MA

Select Solo Exhibitions

Resting on Is Relying On, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

How Do You Know?, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

An Ottoman and Two Stools, Saint George’s School, Newport, RI

Seating, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

Art and Inquiry, NoNo Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Select Group Exhibitions

The Relevant Scrap (collaboration with Pam Sutherland, Phillipo Gallery at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA
New Waves, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA

Structurally Speaking, Main Street Arts, Clifton, NY

The Base Line, An Exhibition on Drawing, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

Concerning Line, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
In The Grain, Mill Brook Gallery, Concord, NH

Bowersock Gallery, Princetown, MA

5 Teachers – 5 Students, Kimball Jenkins Estate, Concord, NH

Larger Than Life, Hargate Gallery, Saint Paul’s School, Concord, NH
12th Annual Invitational Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Mill Brook Gallery, Concord, NH

Furniture Representation, Anderson-Soule Gallery, Concord, NH

Various Faculties, Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Unsilent, Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA

In-House, Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Breadth, Eyedrum Gallery, Decatur, GA

Select Bibliography

“Recent Work,” Lunch Ticket, Summer/Fall 2015, Antioch University
“A Beautiful Manhole Cover Tacked to the Bulletin Board on Goodman’s Door,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Winter 2015, Volume 73 No 1

“Flowing Joinery,” Fine Woodworking Magazine, No 18

Appeared in reviews for Breadth at the Eyedrum Gallery in Sculpture Magazine (Jan/Feb 2003, Volume 22 No 1) and Creative Loafing (Feb-March)

Awards & Honors
ASID/IIDA Interior Design Excellence Award, 1st Place for Custom Furniture, Richmond, VA

Most Outstanding Graduate Sculpture

Purchase Award Reciepent, Georgia Perimeter College, Decatur, GA
Most Outstanding Graduate Sculpture

Teaching Experience
Collegiate School, Richmond, VA

St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH

Adjunct Professor, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA

Adjunct Professor, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA

Adjunct Professor, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Adjunct Professor, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA

It is difficult to select one unifying element for this body of work as there are many that would suffice: language, repetition, philosophical orientation, or perhaps the desire for control. What I have attempted to do is to illustrate some philosophical problems and issues in art practice in a non-propositional manner. In other words, my objective is to develop an experience (part emotional, part conceptual) without presenting statements requiring decisions as to their truth or falsity. In all of these works there are multiple layers of interest to unpack without having to read dissertations on the topics. It is my intention to draw out some problems such that conceptual perplexity, visual interest, and accessibility receive equal footing. I hope you will find lasting value in the experience of these pieces.

Some pieces in this body of work, such as Summary of Everything, Anti-Intentionalism, Map 120, and Self Evidence, result in a texture similar to barnacles crowed onto the base of a bridge piling. This texture, the visual density of marks/letters/expressions, results from the desire to draw a logical conclusion, to get the correct answer, to know, to rest. The emotions one might have when experiencing these pieces are what we encounter when looking carefully at the way the world is and the arguments presented to explain it. Anti-Intentionalism and Map 120 are concerned with identity, of the art object and of things in general. Summary of Everything and Self Evidence deal with the issue of justifying claims to knowledge.

Nothing is Necessary and A Piece of the Conversation use repetition of linguistic expression in an organized manner that does not result in the density mentioned above. These pieces feel like Zen koans as they trap reason in a circle without end. There is, however, an objective, to see a record of this activity on the whole and to develop a feeling for the absurdity involved.