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Walter C Jackson

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Sculptor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
German chocolate cake
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
My studio
Favorite Quote:
It Is What It Is Until You Change It.

Birthplace

Born:
1/21/1940
Birth Location:
Durant, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Sculptor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
German chocolate cake
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
My studio
Favorite Quote:
It Is What It Is Until You Change It.

Birthplace

Born:
1/21/1940
Birth Location:
Durant
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Biography

Sculptor Walter C Jackson was born on January 21, 1940 on his grandparents’ farm near Durant, Mississippi. He moved with his parents and brother to Jackson, Mississippi at the age of six, where he attended Smith Robertson Elementary School and Lanier High School. 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. He has presented exhibitions of his works at galleries and museums throughout the United States including: The Sculpture Center in New York City; P. S. 1 in New York City; Pittsfield Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Roswell Museum in Roswell, New Mexico, The African-American Museum in the Hempstead area of Long Island, New York and the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson’s works are included in 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, and the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell in New Mexico. Jackson’s work reflects the melding of the folklore that was a major part of his experiences growing up in the rural south with the industrial and technological promise of the urban.

Jackson is the recipient of many grants and awards including: NEA Artist In Resident Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts, and a NY State Council for the Arts (CAPS) Grant. 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 in 1994. He also completed the workshop residency at the Museum of Holography in 1987.

Jackson lives and works in rural, central New York State.

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

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Walter C. Jackson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Walter C. Jackson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Walter C. Jackson describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Walter C. Jackson describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Walter C. Jackson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Walter C. Jackson remembers his father's military service in World War II
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Walter C. Jackson describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Walter C. Jackson remembers the process of preparing and preserving a hog
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Walter C. Jackson describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Walter C. Jackson talks about his early religious experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Walter C. Jackson recalls his early schooling in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Walter C. Jackson talks about his childhood friends
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Walter C. Jackson recalls his early artistic influences and creating art as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Walter C. Jackson remembers his early interest in music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Walter C. Jackson recalls developing his painting style
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Walter C. Jackson remembers receiving a full scholarship to Jackson State College in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Walter C. Jackson describes his coursework at Jackson State College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Walter C. Jackson remembers musicians Dick Griffin and Freddie Waits
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Walter C. Jackson talks about the assassination of Medgar Evers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Walter C. Jackson talks about his involvement with the Civil Rights Movement in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Walter C. Jackson remembers being hired as an art teacher at Douglass High School in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Walter C. Jackson talks about desegregation at Douglass High School in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Walter C. Jackson remembers helping students cope with the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Walter C. Jackson talks about the impact of desegregating schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Walter C. Jackson remembers applying for graduate school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Walter C. Jackson talks about his early experiences at the University Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Walter C. Jackson remembers being accepted into the sculpture department at the University of Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Walter C. Jackson talks about his method of creating a sculpture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Walter C. Jackson describes his technique and the theme of his work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Walter C. Jackson talks about his residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Walter C. Jackson recalls the artists at Studio Museum in Harlem in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Walter C. Jackson talks about his approach to teaching
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Walter C. Jackson remembers his work at the Museum of Holography
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Walter C. Jackson talks about teaching art workshops at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Walter C. Jackson remembers being commissioned for a sculpture at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Walter C. Jackson talks about his exhibit at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Walter C. Jackson describes his studio spaces in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Walter C. Jackson remembers Elizabeth Catlett
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Walter C. Jackson describes his artistic influences
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Walter C. Jackson talks about his political art series 'Illusion of Containment, Linked'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Walter C. Jackson recalls his activism in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Walter C. Jackson talks about the evolution of his work
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Walter C. Jackson talks about his work during the President George Walker Bush administration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Walter C. Jackson describes his contribution to the 'The Politics of Racism' exhibition
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Walter C. Jackson talks about his Dogon tapestry series
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Walter C. Jackson describes his current creative process
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Walter C. Jackson talks about his focus on enjoying the art process
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Walter C. Jackson reflects upon the legacy of his work
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Walter C. Jackson shares his advice to young artists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Walter C. Jackson narrates his photographs