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Excavating the career of painter Herb Jackson

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After 42 years of teaching at Davidson College, art professor and Davidson art department staple Herb Jackson is retiring at the end of this school year. Professor Jackson has had more than 150 solo exhibitions in the U.S., England, Peru, Portugal and Canada, and he has work in more than 100 museum collections worldwide. The college hosts a special exhibition, opening March 11, that celebrates Professor Jackson and his artwork.

Herb Jackson speaks at Thursday's opening. More photos below. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)

Herb Jackson speaks at Thursday's opening. More photos below. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)

The exhibition, Excavations, on view through April 20 in the Van Every/Smith Galleries of Davidson College, is a survey of his work over 50 years. Curated by gallery director Brad Thomas, the show has 19 paintings, including one Professor Jackson, now 65, made when he was 15 years old.

 

Davidson College did not have an art department when Professor Jackson was a student there, and during his tenure as a professor he helped build the visual arts department and the visual arts building.

We talked to Professor Jackson on the eve of the exhibition about his career, the exhibit and what retirement means to him.

WANT TO GO?

The galleries, located on the corner of Griffith St. and Main St. in Davidson, are open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from noon to 4 p.m. Parking is available behind the building, off Jackson St.

EVENTS:
Artist reception, Thursday, March 10, 7-9 p.m.

The reception, in the Van Every Gallery, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Art and literature event, Thursday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.
Davidson College invites the public to the premier of an art and poetry exhibition by Houchens Professor of Fine Arts Herb Jackson and Professor of English Alan Michael Parker. The two professors will present their collaborative work, 10 Days, with images by Jackson and poems by Parker. There is no charge to attend the event, which takes place in the Smith 900 Room of Alvarez College Union. For more information, call 704-894-2254.

THURSDAY, MARCH 10, OPENING

Click any image to launch the slide show.

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