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Lauren Jackson

Lauren Jackson, born and raised in the Chicago land area has always had a passion for the arts. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art (Painting) and a Business Administration minor, Jackson merged her art and business background to curate and produce many events to showcase the arts and diversity at her alma mater Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.  After graduation she went on to become Coordinator of School Teacher, Family and Youth Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), where she furthered her goal to create culturally relevant and accessible programs for youth. She currently works as a Youth Educator at the Art Institute of Chicago facilitating studio workshops and managing youth programming. Jackson’s recent work has been exhibited in a number of small showcases in Chicago.

Her work is a celebration of black women, natural hair, and loving the many complexities of that identity. She is a big fan of expressive rich color, layered backgrounds, textured hair and wraps, and a powerful gaze showcasing all aspects of women of color. She makes work to create a sense of pride, connection, and joy of being who you are in all it’s glory.

To see more of her art follow her on Instagram: @lothepainter and visit her website: lothepainter.com

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