Darla Jackson is a sculptor living in Philadelphia. She received a BFA in Sculpture from Moore College of Art in 2003, and after receiving a John S. and James L. Knight Arts Challenge Grant in both 2011 and 2013, founded the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, a membership based community sculpture studio.  

Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions locally, including galleries and museums such as the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Seraphin Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Woodmere Art Museum, and a Wind Challenge exhibition at the Fleisher Art Memorial, and across the country at galleries such as Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, California, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, and Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, New Jersey. She has shown internationally in Belgium and Germany and has lectured about her work at venues including The Barnes Foundation. 

Jackson currently teaches Figure Modeling at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Animal Sculpture at the Fleisher Art Memorial and Mixed Media Sculpture  at Stockton University.

Darla can be reached by email at darlajacksonsculpture@gmail.com

ARTIST STATEMENT

My sculpture is an exploration of the human psyche in which I strive to show duality of emotions. In order to express these ideas, I use feelings that have been turned into recognizable visual objects, or symbols, and juxtapose them with other elements to create this duality. Through the anthropomorphism of animals, the use of strong body language of figures and the use of symbolism, I can convey my emotions and ideas in a way that is more approachable for viewers. The end result is familiarity with an oddness that makes it compelling.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 
Null and Void…, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA 2015
Wind Challenge 2015, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA 2015
Brace for Impact, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Philadelphia, PA 2014
All’s Fair, The Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA 2013
Surprise Party, Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City, NJ 2011
While you were out…, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA 2010
A Miniature Ocean, Mew Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2009
Waiting…, Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA 2008

TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS 
4th Wall Arts Event, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA 2011
Darla Jackson vs. Anne Canfield, Bebe Benoliel Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2009
The Other Woman, Kelly & Weber Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA 2007
In A Dream, The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia, PA 2006

SELECTED THREE AND FOUR PERSON EXHIBITIONS 
Peg and Awl: Edible Backyards, AITA, Philadelphia, PA 2012
Collectively Speaking: Then and Now, The Galleries at Moore, Phila, PA 2010
Stripped to the Teeth, The Toothless Cat Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2010
There is a great deal I do not want to know…, AITA, Philadelphia, PA 2010
Playmate, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2010
Petit Fours, Arcadia Boutique, Philadelphia, PA 2009
The Other Woman Collective, Urban Outfitters, Philadelphia, PA 2008
Debutante Set, Mew Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2007

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 
Methods of Collection, Esther Klein Gallery, Philadelphia PA 2016
Realist, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh NY 2015
Inliquid Group Exhibition, Commerce Square, Philadelphia, PA 2015  
Inliquid Benefit v.15 (also v.11-15), Crane Building, Philadelphia, PA 2015  
Small Wonders, Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, PA 2014
Un/Natural, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA 2014
Animals, LBI Foundation of Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ 2014
A Precious Few, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ 2014
Eons Beyond the Rib, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2014
Winter Exhibition, Jeffrey Meier Gallery, Lamberville, NJ 2013
Small Works, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Philadelphia, PA 2013
Dialogues and Correspondence, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2013
Faculty Exhibition, Fleisher Art Memorial, Phila, PA (also ‘06, ’07, ’09-’12) 2013
Charter Member Show, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Phila, PA (also 2012) 2013
Out of Bounds, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Phila, PA 2012
Wild at Heart, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA 2012
Freak Antique; Contemporary Art Curios, DCCA, Wilmington, DE 2012  
Characteristically Etsy, Bold Room, Berlin 2012
I Am Not Animal, UD@Crane, Philadelphia, PA 2012
Picks of the Harvest 2012, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA 2012
Spirit Board, Loved to Death, San Francisco, CA 2011
Autumn Spell, Gallery 309, Philadelphia, PA 2011
Animal Show, Pterodactyl Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA (also 2010) 2011
CFEVA 9th Annual Benefit, Center for Architecture, Philadelphia, PA 2011
Anatomy Now, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA 2011
Faculty Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA 2010
Stephen Starr Pop Up Restaurant curated by Eileen Tognini, Philadelphia, PA 2010
On the Rise, The Gallery at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA 2010
It’s who you know, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2010
Stuffed, Wagner Free Institute of Science , Philadelphia, PA 2010
Artist Interventions, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA 2010
Opening Exhibition, The Graphic Art Room, Tremelo, Belgium 2009
POST Exhibition during the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA 2009
The South Philadelphia Boat Show, Storage, Philadelphia, PA 2009
inSitu:628, Exhibition curated by Eileen Tognini, Philadelphia, PA 2009
My Dog Speaks, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2009
Contemporary Voices, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA 2009
White Hot, Bahdeebahdu, Philadelphia, PA 2008
Perspectives, The Icebox, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA 2008
Footsteps, Moore College of Art / The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA 2008
POST Group Exhibition, curated by Eileen Tognini, Philadelphia,PA (also ‘07) 2008
DogHaus, SPCA Fundraiser Exhibition, Edgcumbe House, Chestnut Hill, PA 2008
Far Away from the Beginning, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 2008
Old School, Uppercase Gallery, Alberta, Canada 2008
Take Issue, Washington Square, Washington, D.C. 2008
Philadelphia Selections, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA 2008
Natural Selection, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD 2008
Relics, Myths and Yarn, Schuylkill Center, Philadelphia, PA 2008
Sculpture: New Work/New Artists, Riverbank Arts, Stockton, NJ 2007
Icebox: 23 Degrees, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA 2007
En Masse, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA 2007
Seeing Double, Afif Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2006
For the Birds/ Show Us What You’re Hiding, Studio C, Philadelphia, PA 2005
Seeing Red, Studio C, Philadelphia, PA 2005
One Year Anniversary Exhibition, Qbix Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2005
Extinct/Extant, Schuylkill Center, Philadelphia, PA 2004
Open-Ended Affair, Washington Square, Washington, D.C. 2004
The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA 2003

SELECTED PRESS/REVIEWS 
Technically Philly, Knight Arts: Sculpture Gym awarded $25k to expand  
Workshops (May 13, 2014) 2014
Knight Arts Blog, Seraphin’s mix of representation, symbolism and styles  
(December 9) 2013
Moore Magazine (Fall 2013) 2013
American Craft Magazine, Grand and Mysterious (June/July 2012) 2012
Grid Magazine, Open Shop (June 2012) 2012
Hi-Fructose Blog, The Art of Darla Jackson (October 20, 2011) 2011
Flying Kite Media, How to make it in Philly as a Sculptor (September 27) 2011
WHYY, Knight Foundation grants draw artists of every stripe (Jan 20) 2011
Daily News, 63 Artists in the running for arts funding (Jan 20, 2011) 2011
Artinbars.com, Ask an Artist: Darla Jackson, (September 9, 2010) 2010
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Debut of New Gallery at City Hall (June 17) 2010
Philadelphia City Paper, Arts Picks: A Miniature Ocean (June 25), p.24 2009
Philadelphia Weekly, A Miniature Ocean (June 24, 2009), p. 20 2009
Inquirer, Galleries: Peering into the darker side of the animal world (May 31) 2009
Philadelphia City Paper, Last Chance: Catch it or Regret it (June 2, 2009) 2009
ICAphila.org, ICA Curatorial Hot Picks: My Dog Speaks (May 2009) 2009
Philadelphia Weekly, Animal Collective (May 19, 2009) 2009
Theartblog.org, My Dog Speaks at Seraphin Gallery (May 20, 2009) 2009
Moore News, Alumnae Notes (Spring 2009), pp. 32-33 2009
Uppercase Magazine, Issue 1, Dark Surprise (April 2009) 2009
Philadelphia Sculptors Newsletter, PS Member on View (Spring 2009)p. 7 2009
DoN ArT NeWs, Darla Jackson vs. Anne Canfield (January 31, 2009) 2009
ReadyMade. Novel Ideas (December 2008/January 2009) p. 18 2008
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Arts & Entertainment (December 14, 2008) 2008
The Philadelphia Inquirer, New Salons: Home is where the art is (Oct 17) 2008
Philadelphia City Paper, POST (October 9-16, 2008) 2008
Art Matters, POST: Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (October 2008) 2008
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Boots NOT made for walking (November 13) 2008  
Old School, Published by Uppercase Gallery 2008
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Making the Ordinary Absorbing (April 4, 2008) 2008
        Artknowledgenews.com, The Schuylkill Center Spins Tales (Feb 2008) 2008
        Artdaily.org, Schuylkill Center Spins Tales with Relics, Myths & Yarn (Feb) 2008
Dailycandy.com, Paper doll (January 9, 2008) 2008
Darla Jackson Sculpture 2007 Catalog 2007
        Mid Atlantic Arts News Website, The Other Woman (Nov 14, 2007) 2007
        Philadelphia City Paper, Catch it or Regret it (Nov 1-8, 2007) p. 59 2007
        The Clog, It’s beginning to look like Autumn (Nov 2, 2007) 2007
        Manufactured Dissent, Online arts magazine, Q&A with The
           Other Woman (October 3, 2007) 2007
        Moore News, A Gallery of Their Own, (Fall 2007) pp.18-19 2007
201 Gallery Video by David Kessler, (October 2007) 2007
        The Beacon, Riverbank to feature Sculpture (August 30, 2007) p. 8A 2007
Key to Philadelphia, Center City Gallery Hop (April 9 – 22, 2007) 2007
        Philadelphia Museum of Art Website, 20th Annual Gary Long
           Memorial Lecture (March 15, 2007) 2007
Geoclan.com, An Interview with Darla Jackson (March 2006) 2006  
Theartblog.org, The home shows (March 22, 2005) 2005
Philadelphia Weekly, Human Nature (August 4, 2004) 2004

SELECTED AWARDS 
Rad Awards: Artist of the Year, Rad Girls 2015
Knight Arts Grant, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation 2014
Knight Arts Challenge Grant, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation 2011
Ellen Lee Walker Amelia Prize, Woodmere Art Museum 2009
Best in Show, Washington Square 2008
Housing Grant, Center for Emerging Visual Artists 2008
Housing Grant, Center for Emerging Visual Artists 2007
Best in Show, Afif Gallery 2006
3rd Place Professional Sculpture Category, Community Arts Center 2003
2nd Place, Art Association of Harrisburg 2003
3rd Place and Director’s Award, Community Arts Center 2003

GALLERY REPRESENTATION 
Jeffrey Meier Gallery, Lambertville, NJ 2013-Present
The Graphic Art Room, Tremelo, Belgium 2009-Present
Riverbank Arts, Stockton, NJ 2007-2011   
Kelly & Weber Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2007-2008

HONORS 
Featured Artist for Made in Philadelphia Campaign
Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA 2013
Honorable Mention
Art vs. Design Competition, New York, NY 2009
Accepted into CFEVA Fellows Program  
          Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA 2007
Accepted into the XXV National Sculpture Competition
          Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA 2003

TEACHING APPOINTMENTS 
Sculpture Adjunct, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA 2010-2011, 2016-Present  
Sculpture Faculty, The Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA 2008-Present  
Sculpture Adjunct, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, NJ 2009-Present
Sculpture Adjunct, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA 2011-2013
Sculpture Faculty, The Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA 2003–2004

AFFILIATIONS 
The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Owner/CEO 2011-2016
Philadelphia Sculptors, Steering Committee/Artist Member 2002-2012   
The Other Woman Collective, Co-founder/Artist member 2006-2011 

COMMISSIONS 
Award for Happy Fernandez, CFEVA, Philadelphia, PA 2013
Anvil Commission, Mother Bethel AME Church, Philadelphia, PA 2010
Footsteps Commission, Moore College of Art & Design 2008
Marsh Wren on Cattail Commission, Charles Morgan, Princeton, NJ 2006

SELECTED LECTURES 
The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA 2016
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ 2016
Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA 2015
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA 2014
Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA 2014
Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Philadelphia, PA 2014
PAFA, Philadelphia, PA 2014
The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA 2012
Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA 2011
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 2010
The Richard J. Stockton College, Pomona, NJ 2008
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA 2008
Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD 2008
Kelly & Weber Fine Art (201 Gallery), Philadelphia, PA 2007
Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA 2007

SELECTED COLLECTIONS 
Jean Athan
Warren Angle
Phillipa Ashby & Malik Benin
Thinkspace Gallery
        Charles Morgan
Dina & Jerry Wind
        Deborah M. League
Moore College of Art
        Frances Graham
Michele Bregande
        Bettina Clowney
Etsy Berlin
        Mary Day Kent & Edgar Bermudez
Margaux and Walter Kent
        Eileen Tognini
Paul Hubbard
        Deborah Yoder
Meryl Mason
        Rich & Cissy Padgham
Robert Murray
Leslie Kauffman      
Jessica Schnabel
        Lucartha Kohler        
Maryann Krutsik
        Dona Lantz
Private Collection, Pittsburgh, PA
        Jack Thompson
Private Collection, London

EDUCATION 
BFA, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA 2003
          Major: Sculpture, Summa Cum Laude, Departmental Honors