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Martha Jackson-Jarvis (artist)



Martha Jackson-Jarvis grew up in Virginia and Pennsylvania, and currently lives and works in Washington, DC. She received a BFA in Ceramics/Sculpture from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia and an MFA in Sculpture/Ceramics from Antioch University in Columbia, Maryland. She has exhibited her work at numerous museums and galleries. For more information:

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Martha Jackson Jarvis (born 1952, Lynchburg, Virginia; grew up in Philadelphia, based in the Washington D.C. area) is an American artist known for her mixed-media installations that explore aspects of African, African American, and Native American spirituality, ecological concerns and the role of women in preserving indigenous cultures. Her installations are composed using a variety of natural materials including terra-cotta, sand, copper, recycled stone, glass, wood and coal. Her outdoor urban public sculpture, site-specific rural sculpture, and more portable sculpture addresses issues of culture, particularly Southern African-American, and history. She is best known for her enduring outdoor public sculptures including "Music of the Spheres" Fannie Mae Plaza, by University of the District of Columbia and Van Ness Metro station, Washington, D.C. 20003 and "Crossroads/Trickster I," North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 2005. In 2000, Jarvis received the Creative Capital Award in the discipline of Visual Arts.Michelle Joan Wilkerson, curator of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture wrote "Jackson Jarvis works with natural materials, including clay, glass, wood, and stone, to create sculpture in the round, using traditional African dung firing and Japanese raku techniques. By incorporating the clay shards that scatter in the firing process into her mosaics, the artist draws on African and African American burial traditions that similarly adorn gravesites with broken plates and crockery."