Ward Jackson was born and grew up in Petersburg, Virginia. He studied painting at the Richmond Polytechnic Institute of the College of William and Mary, now Virginia Commonwealth University, earning his Master's Degree there in 1952. While still in school Jackson began the correspondence with Guggenheim curator Hilla Rebay that would eventually lead to his long tenure with that institution.
Installation view November 8 – December 20, 2008 Participating artists: Richard Anuszkiewicz, Karl Benjamin, Leon Berkowitz, Ilya Bolotowsky, Hilton Brown, Lawrence Calcagno, Clarence Carter, Francis Celentano, Roy Colmer, Gene Davis, Thomas Downing, Paul Feeley, Frederick Hammersley, Ward Jackson, Tadaaki Kuwayama, Lyman Kipp, Beatrice Mandelman, Howard Mehring, Rakuko Naito, Ray Parker, Milton Resnick, Max Schnitzler, Vivian Springford, Albert Stadler, Sidney Wolfson, Jack Youngerman
Ward Jackson at Kay-Mar Gallery, NY, 1964 Transit & Garden 1 (left to right) Quite simply, you have to know about Ward Jackson and his work — he was an innovative abstract painter, a maverick editor and arts administrator, and a key member of New York City’s artist community. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Ward’s nephew, artist Julian Jackson, about his uncle’s life and work. Our discussion that follows [...]
Ward Jackson, Crate 2, 1993 Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches April 27— June 2, 2007