Herb Jackson Biography

Herb Jackson




Printmaker and painter Herb Jackson was born in 1945 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He began drawing and exhibiting at an early age, winning his first juried exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art when he was in high school. He did not pursue formal art studies until after he’d received his BA in German from Davidson College in 1967; during this time, he also spent a year abroad at Philipps Univeristy in Marburg, Germany. He then enrolled at the Univerity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned his MFA in 1970. As an undergraduate in 1969, he began teaching at Davidson College, where he remained as chair of the art department until his retirement in 2011.

Jackson continues to work and exhibit. He has participated in over 150 shows both in the United States and abroad, including in Britain, Portugal, Canada, and Peru. His work was included in the first show of American art in the former USSR.
Fellowships and awards:
SECCA Southeaster Seven Felloship (1981); North Carolina Visual Arts Fellowship (1984); NEA/SAF Fellowship (1986); Boswell Family Fellowship (2007); ASC Award (2008). He was also awarded the North Carolina Award (1999) and the North Caroliniana Society Award (2015), both for his contributions to the state's cultural heritage.
Selected collections:
Achenbach Foundation, San Francisco, CA; British Museum, England; Boston Public Library, IL; Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal; Sarah Lawrence University, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; and many others. 

A complete list of Jackson's exhibitions, awards, and collections can be found on his website.