Herb Jackson Biography

Herb Jackson




Herb Jackson, painter and printmaker, 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 received his B.A. in German from Davidson College in 1967; during this time, he also spent a year abroad at Philipps Universitat in Marburg, Germany. Upon his returned, Jackson enrolled at the Univerity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned his M.F.A. 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. He was been award numerous awards and fellowships, including the
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Fellowship (1981); North Carolina Visual Arts Fellowship (1984); SAF/NEA Regional Fellowship (1986); Boswell Family Fellowship (2007); and the ASC Award (2008). Jackson 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.
Jackson’s work is represented in numerous public collections including the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Boston Public Library; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Cleveland Museum of Art; British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Brooklyn Museum; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; and the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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