Chicago-based artist and educator, Malika Jackson presents emotional narrative works in painting, drawing and sculpture inspired by her lived experience as well as texts by writers like Langston Hughes and Sonia Sanchez. Jackson is an alumna of the Art Center’s Center Program (class of 2013) and has been making her artwork between the Oakman Clinton Studios at the Art Center and her apartment studio in South Shore for over 20 years.
Malika Jackson is an interdisciplinary artist, whose work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. Her work has been exhibited in group shows at Chicago State University, Hyde Park Art Center, Woman Made Gallery, Museum of Science and Industry, South Side Community Art Center, and numerous other venues. Malika has received awards from the Diaspora Rhythms Foundation and the City of Chicago. She has taught at Chicago Public Schools and various community organizations and has curated the Cultural Connections Fine Art Festival for the past twenty years. Malika has a BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has studied at Illinois State University. Malika is also a long-time student of Painting and Ceramics at the Hyde Park Art Center and former Center Program participant.