Suzanne Jackson

Suzanne Jackson

Suzanne Jackson

  • B.A., art, San Francisco State University, 1966
  • M.F.A., design, School of Drama, Yale University, 1990
First year at SCAD:

"Student enthusiasm and creative enlightenment; challenges and progressive success become evident in their learning discoveries."


Select exhibitions, including: The Hammer Museum, Getty Research Institute, Danville Museum of Fine Art and History, Ferst Fine Arts Center, Parkersburg Art Center, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, The Albany Museum, Carnegie Art Museum; permanent collections: The Rumsey Indian Rancheria, Indianapolis Museum of Art, California Museum of African American Art

Awards, recognition and honors

Outstanding Creative Achievement Award; Presidential Fellowship for SCAD Faculty Development; finalist, purchase award, Hermes Scarf Design Commission; Who's Who in American Art, Special Edition; Outstanding People of the Twentieth Century; Who's Who in the South and Southwest; Cave Canem Foundation Poetry Fellowship; Who's Who in the World of Women; Yale University Fellowships, Yale Repertory Theatre, School of Drama

Publications and presentations

  • "L.A Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980," The California/International Arts Foundation new encyclopedia, compiled by Lynn Kienholz, Getty Foundation, 2011
  • "Gallery 32 and Its Circle," Loyola Marymount University catalogue, 2008
  • "Marks From the Matrix," edited by Richard Finch and Veda M. Rives, Normal Editions Workshop, University of Illinois, 2007
  • "Internationale Biennale fur bildende Kunst - Austria 2002" catalogue "African American Artists of Los Angeles: Suzanne Jackson," interview by Karen Anne Mason, Oral History Program, University of California at Los Angeles, 1998
  • "Gumbo YaYa, Anthology of African American Women Artists," Midmarch Arts Press, 1995
  • Cover story in Black Art, an International Quarterly, Vol. III. No. 4, 1981
  • Contributions of Women Art, Dillon Press, 1977
  • Contextures, Just Above Midtown Gallery, New York, 1977
  • Black Artists On Art, Vol. II, Ward Ritchie Press, 1970

Previous Positions

Professor of painting, SCAD; guest lecturer, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Children's Theatre Program; assistant professor/scenographer, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Modern Dance II; visiting studio lecturer, San Francisco State University, Women's Studies Department, "Women as Creative Agents"; chair, fine and performing arts, the Elliot Pope Preparatory School (Formerly Desert Sun School); University of Southern California, Idyllwild, School of Music and the Arts; visiting studio lecturer, painting, Stanford University; teacher of first and second grades, Los Angeles Public Schools; Watts Towers Art Center, Dance and Art; art instructor, kindergarten through eighth grade, St. Stephen's School, San Francisco, California; instructor of ballet, modern and jazz dance, The Academy of Dance, Fairbanks, Alaska

On the Web

Courses Taught

  • PNTG 206 Water-based Media Exploration
  • PNTG 415 Painting Senior Seminar
  • PNTG 728 Painting Studio I
  • PNTG 738 Painting Studio II
  • PNTG 775 Advanced Painting Studio Analysis
  • PNTG 790 Painting M.F.A. Thesis
  • SFIN 413 Professional Practices in Fine Arts
  • SCAD eLearning, Graduate Painting