Jo Israelson


“To be an artist is to trust”

Jo Israelson began as a stone carver, working in limestone and marble to depict images whose roots were derived from ancient cultures. This work evolved into site-specific works that had historical underpinnings and a narrative structure. The site-specific works evolved into temporary installations that required a high degree of participation and interaction from viewers. Because these works were transitory and temporary, they called for ongoing documentation. She then turned to video to capture the essence of her work. This process led her to create experimental and documentary films.



Heifer Relief: Compass, Ark, Berth, a multimedia art exhibit commemorating the beginnings of Heifer International, will be on display March 14 - June 2014 in the gallery at Heifer Village, Little Rock, Arkansas. Jo will speak at the event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the seagoing cowboys. Learn more..

"Liber" - a 10,000 lb. limestone sculpture is now installed in the Mary Lou Dewey Sculpture Garden of the Carroll County Public Library, Westminster, Maryland. To see the entire process and view the work click here.

Exhibit scheduled for September, 2015 at the Maine Jewish Museum will examine the history of the House Island quarantine station.