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M. Kobe is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They earned an MFA in Painting from Boston University, a BFA in Painting, and a BA in Art History from Louisiana State University. Kobe is a storyteller and multi-disciplinary artist working primarily with textiles, found natural materials, and lucky objects. Drawing upon her experiences growing up in the American South, her work contends with the religious mythologies of her upbringing, superstition, notions of home, and cultural inheritance. Kobe is currently an Artist in Residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and was recently a resident at Azule. They participated in several group exhibitions, including Into the Thicket at Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York, NY, and Homologous Structures at The University of Wisconsin Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. Kobe was the grand prize recipient of the 2023 Esther B. and Albert S. Kahn Career Entry Award, the BU Women’s Council Scholarship, the Constantin Alajalov Visual Art Scholarship, and the Michael Crespo Memorial Scholarship.


As an artist from the American South, primarily Louisiana and North Carolina, I make work that is informed by my own natural history and questions what it means to live in these regions now. Building off the myths of my religious upbringing, folk tales taught in elementary school, and my love for country music, I navigate these superstitions and examine what it means to write my own.


My work functions as reminders of finitude, pointing to the urgency of the present, of living. The art objects I make, tapestries and sculptures, are embedded with found natural or "lucky" materials and imbued with personal narrative. Serving as desperate attempts at future prosperity, the forms in my work often resemble calendars, the cosmos, holes, portals, and tombs. They reference death while suggesting the potential for something more porous. Through the physical transformation of my materials, they become more than memento mori and can hold a history that extends beyond my own lifetime, both before and after.

I am learning what it means to love a place that can be hard to love, to love a landscape that loves me back. I make my work with gratitude and admiration and as a critical yet redemptive response to the complicated places I call home.

M. Kobe
Knoxville, TN


2023 Boston University (BU)  

         Master of Fine Arts, Painting                                         

         Boston, MA

2020 Louisiana State University (LSU)   

          Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing  

          Bachelor of Arts, Art History  

          Baton Rouge, LA



2024 Azule, Hot Springs, NC

2023-24 The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts,                   Gatlinburg, TN

2022 Hewnoaks Artist Residency, Lovell, ME

2019 Studio Seminar Program - The Mount Gretna                   School of Art, Mount Gretna, PA

2018 Core Intensive Program  - The Mount Gretna                     School of Art, Mount Gretna, PA


2024 Forthcoming Solo Exhibition

          Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA

2024 "Alternating Remnants"

          Two-Person Show with Dongyi Wu

          The Emporium Center, Knoxville, TN

2022 “De-Material Girls”

          Two-Person Show with Bill Mattern

          Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, MA


2024  "Workshop Instructor Showcase"

            Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN

2024 "Souvenirs" 

          Sandra J. Blain Gallery, Gatlinburg, TN

2023 "Homologous Structures"

           Lawton Gallery - University of Wisconsin, Green               Bay, WI

2023 " To Light a candle is to cast a shadow"

            Downtown Arrowmont Gallery, Knoxville, TN

2023 Dogwood Arts Regional Exhibition

           The Emporium Center, Knoxville, TN

           Juror: Todd Herzberg

2023 Artist Spotlight

           Able Trade, Knoxville, TN

2023 "Nice to meet you." 

            Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery, Gatlinburg, TN

2023 "Into the Thicket"

            Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

2023 Boston University MFA Thesis Exhibition

           Stone Gallery, Boston, MA

2023 "Configuration" 


2022 “A Bird and A Dead Man”

          Gallery 36, Boston, MA

2022 Femme Art Gallery  

         Artist Spotlight 

2021 The Mount Gretna School of Art Alumni Exhibition


2020 Founder’s Exhibition  

2020 National Annual Exhibition

         Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY

         Juror: Susan Lichtman 

2020 “In the Forest at the Creek” and “Hunting Scenes”

          LSU Art Galleries, Baton Rouge, LA

2020 “Recompose”

          Bricks and Bombs Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

2020 LSU Annual Exhibition  

         LSU Student Union Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

2020 “Body Forth”

         MOoMA Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

2020 “Wetlands” Annual LSU Painter’s League                            Exhibition  

         The Wetlands Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

2019 “Wetlands” Annual LSU Painter’s League                            Exhibition

         The Wetlands Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

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2023    Recipient of the Arrowmont Trabue Endowment

2023    Esther B. and Albert S. Kahn Career Entry Award, Grand Prize, Boston                   University, College of Fine Arts

2022    BU Women’s Council Scholarship

2021     BU Constantin Alajalov Visual Art Scholarship

2020    Member of Tau Sigma Delta

2019     Mount Gretna School of Art Merit Scholarship

2019     LSU TAF Scholarship

2019     Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Distinguished Scholarship for the Arts

2018     Michael Crespo Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Baton

              Rouge Art League

2017      Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars 

2016     Rotary Club of East Ascension Scholarship


2023 Walters State Community College, Morristown, TN

2023 Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA


2024 Workshop: Embedded Narratives: Using Earth Pigments to Make                          Watercolor and Gouache Paints - Art at the Meadows, Oxbow School of             Art, Saugatuck, MI 

2024 Workshop: Clayful Color: Using North Carolina Clay Pigment to Make                  Watercolor Paint - John C. Campbell Folk School's Olive's Porch,                          Murphy, NC

2024 Workshop: Text, Texture, and Textiles - John C. Campbell Folk School's                Olive's Porch, Murphy, NC

2024 Teaching Assistant for Woodworking Workshop - Appalachian Center                  For Craft, Assisting Heather Ashworth, Smithville, TN

2024 VisIting Critic - University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC

2024 Visiting Critic - Caldwell Community College, Hudson, NC

2024 Visiting Critic - Walters State Community College, Morristown, TN

2024 Workshop: Assembling the Blue Ridge: Mixed Media Collage - Madison              County Group Home, Hot Springs, NC

2024 Community Workshop: Wild Pigments: Handmade Watercolor, Acrylic,                  and Oils Using Earth Pigments - Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts,                Gatlinburg, TN

2023 ArtReach Workshop: Wild Colors and Watercolors - Arrowmont                               School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

2023 Workshop: Embedded Histories Using Earth Pigments - University of                  Wisconsin Green Bay, Green Bay, WI

2023 Workshop: Creatures with Features: Real and Imagined Beasts (Surface            Design Using Found Natural Materials) - The Boys and Girls Club of the            Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, TN

2023 Teaching Assistant, Lithography - Boston University, Boston, MA

2023 Visiting Critic - Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA

2022 Teaching Assistant, Senior Painting and Sculpture - Boston University,             Boston, MA

2022 Teaching Assistant, Book Arts Workshop for MA in Art Education -                         Boston University, Boston, MA

2022 Teaching Assistant, Artist and the Book - Boston University, Boston, MA

2019  Teaching Assistant, Foundations Figure Drawing - Louisiana State                       University, Baton Rouge, LA


2024 Browning, Bekuh. “2023-2024 Artists-in-Residence Exhibition:                                Souvenirs.” Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 4 Apr. 2024,                                                  souvenirs/. 

2024 “M. Kobe Interview - Artist Resident at Azule, February 2024.” YouTube,                 uploaded by Azule Nonprofit, 26 Feb. 2024,                   si=WO9CiF3D97HlltBt.

2023 "In Their Studio: Episode 3: M. Kobe, and Alix Deane." Sound Cloud,                       uploaded by Phoenix Studios UW-Green Bay Student Shows, 8 Nov.                   2023,             3-m-kobe-and-alix-deane.

2023 "Arrowmont Artists-in-residence to Present Lectures at WSCC." The                    Mountain Press, 6 Oct. 2023. /news/            arrowmont-artists-in-residence-to-present-lectures-at-wscc/                            article_3b827f39-4fef-52e9-b896-2c1f4cfaaeee.html

2023 "MFA Painting Graduates Exhibit Work at Morgan Lehman Gallery in                        NYC."CFA News, 28 Jun. 2023.                                                                                                  morgan-lehman-gallery/

2023 "CFA Students Recognized at the 2023 Esther B. and Albert S. Kahn                      Awards." CFA News, 26 Apr. 2023.              /2023/cfa-students-recognized-at-the-2023-esther-b-and-albert-s-              kahn-awards-reception/

2023 "CFA Graduates Honored at Annual Kahn Awards Competition. Grand                   Prize Winner Is Madelaine Kobe, MFA Painting Student; Five Finalists                   Also Recognized." BU Today, 18 May 2023.             2023/cfa-graduates-honored-kahn-awards/

2022 "CFA (In Detail): Ink-Making with Painter Madelaine Kobe." Youtube,                         uploaded by Boston University College of Fine Arts, 21 Apr. 2022,               

2020 "Talk Art with Madelaine Kobe and Misato Pang." Instagram, uploaded                 by Misatopang, 13 Jan. 2020,                   utm_source=ig_web_copy_link.


2023 Aaron Hammer: Introduction to Creative Exploration in Wood Turning                  - The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

2023 April Franklin: Basic Forging with Non-Ferrous Metals - The Arrowmont                 School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

2023 Sarah Elizabeth Cornejo: Aesthetics of Accumulation - The Arrowmont              School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

2022 Padma Rajendran: Textile Surface Printing - Anderson Ranch Arts                        Center, Snowmass, CO

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