James Burmood

Visual Art Department Alum
MFA, Ceramics, University of Kansas, 2013
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Jacob earned a BFA in 2006 from Missouri State University and a MFA from KU in 2013. As a child, Jacob spent his free hours walking along a creek that had carved its way through a wooded area. All the forces that determine the path of the stream also govern the rocks, vegetation and creatures that surround it. Though their reactions to these forces differ, they remain related. Becoming part of these interwoven complexities gives him a sense of deep harmony and simplicity, and is the basis of his inspiration. The forms he creates are an abstraction of the fluid nature of the universe. The purpose of each work is to find an underlying order that converges elements into a unified whole that moves as one, like a school of fish or flock of birds.

Jacob has been sculpting since childhood and has completed nearly 200 sculptures. He has had his art showcased all across the country, from Kansas City to Los Angeles. He has recently received grants from ArtsKC to fund a large bronze-casting project and the National Soccer Hall of Fame . In October, Jacob will be installing an eleven foot tall sculpture at Arrowhead Stadium, KCMO.

Selected Work


Draped Form marks the entrance of Swope Park with a semi-abstract mass of curves and ripples that suggests both the Hellenistic Winged Victory of Samothrace and the bronzes of Auguste Rodin.


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