MASTER ARTIST: REGGIE JACKSON
Founder and president of Olaleye Communications, Inc. located in Boston, Dr. Reginald Jackson serves as a consultant to artists, scholars, institutions and students in visual communications conducting research relating to demystifying Africa. Jackson holds a Ph.D. in Communications and Visual Anthropology from Union Institute, an MFA and BFA from Yale University and an MSW form SUNY at Stony Brook, AAS from RIT, and Post Graduate work at MIT in the Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning.
For over forty years he has conducted visual research throughout the African Diaspora documenting African retentions in the Americas and the Caribbean, including Cuba, Brazil and Haiti. A prolific exhibitor, he has participated in over 200 exhibits in Ghana, China, Brazil and the United States. Currently he is Professor Emeritus of Communications at Simmons College where he helped shape the photography curriculum in the mid-seventies and Artists Emeritus at Northeastern University’s AAMARP (African American Artists and Residency Program). He has received many honors including a Fulbright fellowship, and fellowships from the Ford Foundation and Smithsonian Institution. Jackson’s work is in many prestigious permanent collections; including the Library of Congress, The Boston Athenaeum, MIT Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, Yale University Art Gallery, The Bowdoin Museum of Art, The RISD Museum of Art, Harvard and Simmons Universities and Amherst College.