Jacob Monroe was born in Pocatello, Idaho in 1995, and was raised in Boise, Idaho from 2003 – 2014. Growing up, he began to explore the creative freedom of playing music in orchestras, symphonies, and jazz ensembles. At the age of seventeen, Monroe discovered his passion in working in clay. Seeking education, he studied at Goose Creek Pottery, a small production pottery business in NewHope, PA. since then, Monroe has completed a short term international residency at Medalta Clay Center, worked as an intern at The Clay Studio of Missoula, and as an assistant to Julia Galloway. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Fine Arts at The University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. During his time in Montana, he has exhibited work at: The Clay Studio of Missoula, The ArchieBray Foundation, Radius Gallery The UM Gallery of Visual arts, UMT University Center Gallery, and the Off-Center Gallery.
I believe that the utilitarian object provides an empathetic bridge between the artist and their audience, addressing dialogue which begins with a contemporary work and the origin of its existence. I am creating dialogue that is articulated through the use of medium, process, and expression with subject matter, which is centered around personal observations of American-suburban culture. My work shows neutrality, conviction, patriotism, and criticism of a my country and community.