Everett Gee Jackson grew up in the rural east Texas town of Mexia. He learned to paint in the impressionist style at the Art Institute of Chicago, graduating in 1923. That same year Jackson traveled to Mexico with fellow artist and friend Lowell Houser, moving from Guadalajara to Guanajuato to Oaxaca to Mexico City. After returning to the United States, Jackson settled in San Diego and began working at the Art department at San Diego State College, where he eventually became department chair in addition to being recognized as one of San Diego's most important artists. The campus graduate student art gallery bears his name, and one of his best known works, Serra Museum Tower, San Diego, hangs in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Jackson died in 1995.
1992 interview with Everett Gee Jackson, SDSU Professor Emeritus of Art from 1930-69.
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In this interview totaling 40 minutes, Jackson discusses how he left Texas A&M and lived in Chicago, Texas, and Mexico before settling down in San Diego. He also shares his thoughts on Presidents Hardy, Hepner, and Love, and relates his experience teaching one of the first pre-Columbian art classes in the US.
Interviewed by Michael Milligan on 8/27/92. Note: a 1981 interview with Jackson is also available.
Image credit: Professor Everett Gee Jackson in 1957, University Archives Photograph Collection, Special Collections & University Archives.
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