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Color: Black
Food: German chocolate cake
Quote: It Is What It Is Until You Change It.
Season: Fall
Vacation Destination: My studio
Birthplace
Durant, Mississippi United States
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Interview Date: 12/16/2016

Sculptor Walter C. Jackson was born on January 21, 1940 in Durant, Mississippi to Ruby Jackson and Willie Jackson. He attended Smith Robertson Elementary School and Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson earned his B.S. degree in art education from Jackson State University in 1963, and went on to earn his M.F.A. degree from the University of Tennessee in 1971.

From 1963 to 1968, Jackson headed the art department at Douglass High School in Memphis, Tennessee. He joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee in 1971, serving as an assistant professor of sculpture until 1980. Jackson then became an adjunct assistant professor at York College of The City University of New York for two years, beginning in 1984. After two years, Jackson left to join the Bronx Museum of Arts. In 1989, Jackson was named as an artist in residence at the Bronx River Art Center. He worked at the Convent of the Sacred Heart before returning to the Bronx River Art Center as its executive director from 1995 to 1998. Jackson participated in a variety of shows and exhibits in museums and galleries across New York City, including solo shows: “Points of Departure,” “Imprint,” “7 Rooms/7 Shows,” “Crosshairs,” and “Art of the Word.” Some of his artwork series include: “Shields,” “Red, White, Black and Blue,” “Flight,” and “Dogon Tapestry.” Jackson’s work is comprised mainly of freestanding sculptures and installations, and is included the collections of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Tennessee Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Civil Rights Museum, and the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art.

Jackson was selected for an artist-in-residence fellowship at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1982, and the artist-in-residence fellowship at the Roswell Museum. He also completed the workshop residency at the Museum of Holography, and served as a visiting artist at Frostburg State College, Jackson State University, the University of Virginia, the University of Tennessee, and Ohio Wesleyan University.

Jackson and his wife, Marcy Edelstein, are residents of New York City.

Walter C. Jackson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 16, 2016.

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