Born in Washington, D.C.
Lives & works in Baltimore, MD
Lauren Jackson is a multimedia printmaker, graphic designer, and art educator from the DC Metropolitan Area, living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), majoring in Printmaking with concentrations in Graphic Design and Book Arts. Jackson received her Master of Arts in Teaching for Art Education from the MICA in 2022, during the height and in the midst of the global pandemic.
Focusing on printmaking, artists' books, and contemporary graphic design, Jackson's work often involves complex typographic solutions paired with illustrative, bold compositions. Her work is heavily influenced and informed by letterpress printing and hand typesetting. Using her extensive relationship with printmaking and print design, she specializes in designing printed materials expressing ambitious narratives and identities.
Currently, Jackson is thinking about the intersections of art education and culture and how might her work as a printmaker and designer lend itself to building an art classroom that thrives on the different cultural makeup of its students and expels anti-Blackness in school institutions.
In 2022, Lauren Jackson was recognized as the Maryland Art Educator Association PreService Art Educator of the Year. Lauren has exhibited work nationally, including spaces in Baltimore, MD, Hamilton Woodtype & Museum in Two Rivers, WI, and Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery in Indianapolis, IN. Her work is also included in the permanent collection of the Dolphin Press & Print Archive in Baltimore, MD. Jackson has been the recipient of many awards in leadership and merit as an artist and art educator, those rewards include but are not limited to, the Patricia Lion Krongard Award, Leslie King Hammond Fellowship, and the MICA Alumni Leadership Award.
Recent artistic explorations include communicating visual documentation and narrative of her surroundings and community through the multiplicity of symbols and icons sourced from current pop culture.