UofM Professor and Graduate Painting Advisor Jed Jackson has been selected for the 2019 Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition at The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC) in Pine Bluff.
His painting “Sugar Shack” is part of the juried exhibition showcasing several Mid-South artists from across the region. The piece is a riff on the 1963 song “Sugar Shack” by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs with some modifications of the principle players, according to Jackson.
“I’m very pleased to have been selected for the Rosenzweig exhibit,” said Jackson. “The show promises to be very strong demonstration of creativity in the multi-state area.”
The Rosenzweig exhibition opens Thursday, Oct. 10, with a free public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Awards will be presented at 5:30 p.m.
Jed Jackson has taught painting, art history, art theory and criticism at the university and college level for 40 years. He is a professor of painting at The University of Memphis, where he was chair of the art department from 1999-2006. Jackson is the author of the book “Art: A Comparative Study.”
Jackson’s landscape and figurative oil paintings embody realism with a distinctive twist. Gleaning inspiration from fashion magazines, movies, the literary world and other 20th-century cultural sources, Jackson incorporates these images and ideas with a keen sense of color to create paintings that are simultaneously rich in content and aesthetically dynamic.
The exhibition is an opportunity for established and up-and-coming artists to gain recognition and earn cash awards. It is open to artists in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Artwork in all traditional forms including paintings, drawings, original prints, fiber art, ceramics, sculpture and photography is accepted. The prizes awarded are: Best in Show ($1,000), First Place ($500), Second Place ($200) and three $100 Merit prizes.
The Irene Rosenzweig Endowment Fund Inc. supports the exhibition. A prominent Pine Bluff native, Irene Rosenzweig (1903-1997) was an accomplished scholar and educator. She tutored President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s family during their time in the White House.
This year’s juror is Joseph Givens, a faculty member of the Louisiana State University College of Art & Design, and assistant director of LSU’s Ronald E. McNair Scholars Research Program.
The exhibition runs through Jan. 4, 2020. For more information, visit asc701.org/rosenzweig.