Student, Minneapolis School of Fine Arts, 1908-1910; student, State Normal School, Valley City, North Dakota, 1912; student, Studio of Lorado Taft, 1913-1916; student, Beaux The Art Institute of Chicago of Design, New York, 1922-1923; student, Art Students League, New York, 1923-1924; student, Royal Academy, Copenhagen, 1924-1925; student, Academy de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris, 1925-1926.
After Jacob’s untimely death at age 36, the Fjelde family moved to North Dakota in 1902. He subsequently went to study under Chicago based sculptor Lorado Taft. He went on to study at the Minneapolis School of Art, Beaux-Arts Institute of Design, and the Art Students League of New York, at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris.\r\nFjelde taught at the Pratt Institute of Art and was a professor emeritus from that institution.
Fjelde served as chairman of the Sculpture Department at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He was an instructor of sculpture at the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts.\r\nHe was editor of Sculpture Review between 1951 and 1955. Among Fjelde’s most commonly recognized sculptural works is the Lincoln Monument in Frogner Park in Oslo.
His father"s brother, Doctor Herman Olaus Fjelde (1866–1918), was chairman of the committee for the Lincoln Monument.\r\nOn July 4, 1914, North Dakota Governor Louis Hanna presented the bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln to the nation of Norway. During World World War II, the bust in Frogner Park became a center for silent protest against Occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany. Every July 4 during the occupation, Norwegians gathered by the Lincoln bust in Frogner Park in silent protest at the affront to freedom the Nazis represented to the people of Norway.\r\nFjelde’s bust is still prominent in the July 4 celebration that continues each year in Frogner Park.
Other noteworthy works include the statue of Colonel Hans C. Heg, leader of the 15th Wisconsin Volunteer Regiment in Madison, Wisconsin, the Wendell Wilkie Memorial in the Indiana Statehouse, the bronze portrait of Orville Wright in the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, the John Scott Bradstreet tablet at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Pioneers Memorial in Council Bluffs, Iowa.\r\nHe was also among the exhibitors at the Society of Scandinavian-American Artists exhibition held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1932. Fjelde served as the editor of the National Sculpture Review from 1951 to 1955.
In 1949 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full Academician in 1957.
Fellow American Scandinavian Foundation, National Sculpture Society. Member Allied Artists American, American Artists Professional League, Grand Central Art Galleries, National.Acad. Design. M C.
Married Amy Nordstrom, 1918, 1 son, Rolf Gerhard.