Rodney Jackson

R. Jackson, a visual artist and designer, is known among his colleagues as someone with a strong work ethic who is not afraid to push boundaries. Jackson says,”I am constantly surveying my surroundings for concepts that can be expanded or improved. I am also trying to find the empty spaces where new ones can exist. Jackson knew that he would be an artist by the third grade but admits he really didn’t get serious about his art until he got to high school.
“Things changed when I was accepted to the New World School of the Arts. I started sneaking into the visual art studio before school and stayed as late as I could after school.“
Jackson believes his work habits earned him a level one in the YoungArts competition. He was nominated as a presidential scholar and earned the only full merit scholarship to the Maryland Institute College of Art later that year.
Louise Romeo, Jackson’s former teacher  and former Dean of Visual Arts, at New World School of the Arts said, “Whatever he touches turns to gold.”  Jackson considered going directly to graduate school after college but took the advice of Leslie King-Hammond, MICA’s Graduate Dean Emerita, deciding  instead  to “Make a mark on the world first.”