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Rush Jackson is an artist and independent graphic designer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Moving fluidly between art and design-oriented practices, Jackson is invested in expanding the Black cultural lexicon through collaborative methods of production, such as graphic design and publishing, while maintaining an independent studio practice consisting of printed matter, painting, video and installation.
    Selected regional venues Jackson has exhibited their work includes ICA Philadelphia, American Medium, High Tide, Icebox Project Space, Vox Populi, and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
    In 2020, Jackson created Onyx Self-Imaging, a full service, independent graphic design & art direction studio working with clients/collaborators  in the arts & culture spheres, as well as prioritizing design for grassroot organizing & advocacy contexts.
Onyx works on comprehensive projects ranging from publication design, art direction, and brand identity development, to motion graphics & site development.

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B. 1996, South Orange, New Jersey



BFA in Fine Arts, Emphasis in         Painting/Drawing, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA


Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art, Norfolk, Connecticut

AST in Graphic Design, Antonelli Institute, Glenside, PA

Group Exhibitions


Design is Inclusive, DesignPhiladelphia, Center for Architecture and Design, Philadelphia, PA

VOX XV: What Makes That Black?, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

BFA Thesis, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA


Punctual Reality, High Tide, Philadelphia, PA

Imperfect Tools for Navigation, American Medium, New York, NY


Crosscurrents, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Open Video Call, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA



Hotter Than July; I Just Might Burn You in August, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

Awards, Grants, & Scholarships


Emerging Artist Microgrant, Corzo Center

Frances C. Tucker Prize for Innovation in Materials and Techniques, The University of the Arts


Ellen Battel Stoeckel Fellowship, Yale University

President’s Fund, The University of the Arts

Crosscurrents Full Tuition MFA Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts


Trustee Scholarship, The University of the Arts

Dean‘s Scholarship, The University of the Arts



AIGA Eye on Design, Designer Rush Jackson on Making Work that Expands and Shapes the Black Cultural Lexicon, by Camille Okhio


Philly Artblog, High Gloss and Nuanced Selves at High Tide’s Punctual Reality, by Olivia Jia

Brooklyn Rail, Imperfect Tools for Navigation, by Vijay Masharani