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Rush Jackson is an interdisciplinary artist and graphic designer based in Brooklyn, NY, currently working between NYC & Philadelphia.
    Utilizing painting, drawing, video, installation, and printed matter, Jackson’s project is, loosely(!), invested in expanding and obfuscating the Black cultural lexicon, emphasizing perspectives on Black representation that are reparative in nature. 
    Reparative Black representation, as defined by Jackson, occurs under the conditions in which Black autonomy is preserved, and singular/ essentialist notions of Blackness are rejected. 
    Selected regional venues Jackson has exhibited their work at 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 Labs, 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



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