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Herb Jackson

Herb Jackson (born 1945) is an artist and is the William H. Williamson Professor of Art at Davidson College. In 1999 he was awarded the North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor in the state, by Governor Jim Hunt of North Carolina. Herb Jackson was born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1945. He received his undergraduate degree in German from Davidson College in 1967 (art was not offered as a major yet) and studied abroad at Philipps University in Marburg, Germany for a year. He earned his master’s degree in fine arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970. In 1969, while finishing up his graduate studies, Jackson began teaching at Davidson. In 1982, he became the Chair of the Art department, a position which he has held ever since. Jackson has had more than 100 single-artist exhibitions in several countries, including England, Portugal, and Peru. Some of Jackson's work was chosen to be included in the first exhibition of contemporary American art to be presented in the former USSR. Jackson's work is now in more than 80 collections including the British Museum in London and the Brooklyn Museum in New York City. Jackson's art is almost entirely abstract and non-representational. He is most known for his paintings, both larger works on canvas and smaller on board, and also for his oil crayon drawings on paper. He has also done a number of prints using vitreography and digital media.