I observe closely the details of everyday life and how people manage their physical space and relationships. Im interested in verbal and non-verbal languages, especially when it is culturally specific. Coming from a multicultural background, I learned early in my childhood how a culture carries its own set of signals, gestures and cues to express everyday ideas.
My current focus is a synthesis of my interests in social behavior, body language and culture. The work functions as instruction for performance much like choreography. The work exposes the multiplicity of meaning in our everyday gestures depending on context and culture.
Born in Baltimore City
Jackie Milad is an artist who works with both drawing and performance art. She has exhibited and performed internationally and nationally in venues such as the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, the Delaware Center of Contemporary Art in Wilmington, the Arlington Art Center and The Richard Foreman Ontological Theater in New York City. Ms. Milad has participated in numerous solo exhibitions most notably with Flashpoint Gallery in Washington D.C. and the Museum of Fine Arts in Mazatlan, Mexico and Culiacan, Mexico. In 2005 she earned her MFA from Towson University where she was a recipient of a competitive Graduate Fellowship. In 2000 she received her BFA from Tufts University and the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Massachusetts. In 1998, Ms. Milad studied painting at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence Italy.
Ms. Milad was Co-Founder and President of an annual performance art event in Baltimore, the Transmodern Festival from 2003 to 2006 and served as Co-Founder and Curator for an artist-run venue, Chela Gallery from 2001 to 2003. She served as the Exhibitions Director for the Rosenberg Gallery at Goucher College from 2005 to 2007. Since 2007 Ms. Milad has held the position of Collections Coordinator and Curator for the Stamp Gallery at University of Maryland, College Park. Throughout her curatorial career she has had the good fortune of working with emerging and mid career artists of various disciplines.