• BMA Announces Acquisition of More Than 150 Artworks For Its Encyclopedic Collection

    BMA Announces Acquisition of More Than 150 Artworks For Its Encyclopedic Collection

    BALTIMORE, MD (January 17, 2023)—The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced today that it has acquired, through purchase and gift, 162 works of art, capturing a wide range of artistic perspectives and innovations. The latest group of acquisitions highlights the museum’s expanded efforts to close critical gaps across the full range of its collection departments. This work emphasizes both historic and contemporary omissions and focuses on revealing the fuller spectrum of voices and practices that have shaped the development of art across time, culture, and geography. The new acquisitions also continue the BMA’s work to support Baltimore-based and -affiliated artists at pivotal moments in their careers.

    Among some of the highlights are historic and contemporary paintings and works on paper by Sarah Biffin, Lucy Bull, Nancy Ellen Craig, Cianne Fragione, Beatrice Glow, Rachel Jones, Bertina Lopes, Nengi Omuku, Anil Revri, Deborah Roberts, Esphyr Slobodkina, Lilly Steiner, Joan Witek, and Bai Yiluo; video work by Alan Michelson; sculpture and objects by Brent Crothers, Theaster Gates, Duane Linklater, and Eva Zeisel; photographs by Daido Moriyama, Dodo Jing Ming, Kimbei Kusakabe, Shikeith, Wei Rong, and Wang Wusheng; and works by Baltimore artists Nefertiti Goodman, Erin Fostel, and Jackie Milad.

    Jackie Milad. Daughter of Shu and Tefnut (Dedicated to Amira), 2022. Among Milad’s most complex works to date, this composition integrates fabric appliqués, paint, text, beadwork, and fragments of repurposed drawings to create a multimedia constellation of the artist’s past and present. By executing the large-scale painting on a coverlet that belonged to her late aunt Amira, Milad (American, born 1975) pays homage to the women of her family and her Egyptian heritage. With a cacophony of references from the patterns of Coptic textiles to objects from the Metropolitan and British museums and American pop culture, the work establishes unexpected juxtapositions that speak to personal and political histories. A newly commissioned work by the Baltimore-based artist will debut in April 2023.

  • Current Space: Two Person Exhibition with Tom Borax

    Current Space: Two Person Exhibition with Tom Borax

    Two-person exhibition with Tom Borax (musician, video artist, my love, and friend) at Current Space in Baltimore February 11 - March 11, 2023

  • SOCO Gallery - SOLO Exhibition

    SOCO Gallery - SOLO Exhibition

    First solo exhibition with SOCO Gallery in their Charlotte, NC gallery. Opening Reception March 8th and open to the public March 8 - April 19, 2023

  • Baltimore Museum of Art Announces....

    Baltimore Museum of Art Announces....

    The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced Nekisha Durrett and Jackie Milad were selected to create new works in dialogue with Fred Wilson’s Artemis/Bast (1992). These two artists responded with compelling proposals that engage with the provocation: “What images and thoughts emerge when myths and histories collide?” This initiative provides an opportunity for the artists to explore critical questions integral to their own practices, while also examining the complex and unresolved legacies in Wilson’s art, which has at key moments intersected with Baltimore’s cultural history. The new installations by Durrett and Milad will be presented in an exhibition with Wilson’s work in the John Waters Rotunda and two adjacent galleries from April 26, 2023, through March 17, 2024.

  • The Armory Show 2022

    The Armory Show 2022

    SEPTEMBER 9 – 11, 2022
    Booth F23 | Javits Center
    SOCO Gallery will present a solo booth of multimedia textile works by artist Jackie Milad in the Focus Section at the Armory Show in New York, NY from September 8 - 11, 2022 in booth F23.

    Curated by Carla Alcevedo-Yates, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Focus will examine the intersectionality of issues surrounding the environment, focusing on personal and political climates as they interact with race and gender. Encompassing artists that foreground South-South ecologies, the section will introduce a transcultural conversation around art production grounded on abstract, representational, and conceptual approaches.

  • Charm City at Asya Geisberg Gallery

    Charm City at Asya Geisberg Gallery

    Charm City
    Curated by Carolyn Case

    537B West 23rd Street
    New York, NY 10011

    Sophia Belkin, Amy Boone-McCreesh, Cindy Cheng, Alex Ebstein, Christopher Huff, Hannah Knight Leighton, Danni O'Brien, Charles Mason III, Jackie Milad, Curtis Miller, Nora Sturges, Troy Taylor, & Michael Weiss

    July 28 - August 26, 2022

    Opening reception: July 28, 6-8pm. The curator and artists will be present.

  • SOLO at Academy Art Museum

    SOLO at Academy Art Museum

    The Academy Art Museum curated by Mehves Lelic
    August 2 – November 3, 2022
    Opening reception: Friday, August 5, 5:30 pm
    **I will also be an artist-in-residence at the museum from July 25 - August 13

  • Dallas Art Fair - SOCO Gallery

    Dallas Art Fair - SOCO Gallery

    SOCO Gallery, founded by Chandra Johnson in 2015, is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. In the span of seven years, SOCO Gallery has emerged as a dynamic contemporary art gallery in the Southeast fully committed to a program of exhibitions and projects by acclaimed international and regional artists including Austin Eddy, Jackie Gendel, Halsey Hathaway, Haas Brothers, Shara Hughes, Monica Kim Garza, Karine Laval, Jackie Milad, Douglas Melini, Liz Nielsen, Clare Rojas, Damian Stamer, and Summer Wheat. The gallery strives to bring museum-quality artists and artwork to our local community and is proud of our larger connection to the national and international art world.

    2022 DALLAS ART FAIR DATES<- for more details
    Thursday, April 21, VIP Preview
    Friday, April 22, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Saturday, April 23, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Sunday, April 24, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Chicago Expo - De Buck Gallery

    Chicago Expo - De Buck Gallery

    De Buck Gallery is thrilled to announce its return to Expo Chicago in 2022. The gallery will celebrate upcoming and recent museum exhibitions by Stephen Towns, Devan Shimoyama, Tina Williams Brewer, and Zak Ovè as well as the addition of exciting new works by Sheena Rose, REWA, Jackie Milad, Emilie Stark-Menneg, Gommaar Gilliams, and Argentinian duo Chiachio & Giannone.

    De Buck Gallery has had the opportunity to support the solo exhibitions of Tina Williams Brewer and Stephen Towns at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The gallery has also seen Devan Shimoyama’s commission for the Smithsonian Institution’s Futures exhibition as well as his inclusion in the just-opened exhibition Garmenting: Costuming as Contemporary Art at Museum of Arts and Design.

    Please visit the gallery at Booth #364.

    VIP Preview | Thursday, April 7, 12-9pm

    Collector and Professional Preview: 12-3pm

    Opening Preview: 3-6pm

    Vernissage: 6-9pm. A special Thursday preview celebration benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, by invitation of EXPO CHICAGO and the exhibiting galleries. MCA Preview begins at 6:00pm.

    Exposition Hours | General Admission

    Friday, April 8: 11am – 7pm

    Saturday, April 9: 11am – 7pm

    Sunday, April 10: 11am – 6pm

  • Solo Exhibition

    Solo Exhibition

    Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce JACKIE MILAD: Birth (Milad), the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will be on view from February 26 through April 9, 2022, with an opening reception to be held on Saturday, February 26th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Appointments are optional and may be made at |http://luisdejesus.com/contact|Luis De Jesus Contact



    A selection of my work will be on display with De Buck Gallery
    at Untitled Art Fair in Miami.

  • De Buck Gallery Artist Spotlight

    De Buck Gallery Artist Spotlight

    I am very excited to share a new body of work with De Buck Gallery. These works were created exclusively for De Buck during my residency at the McColl Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    July 15 - September 5, 2021

  • Late Summer / Fall 2021 Shows

    Summer Show 2021
    Erin Cluely Gallery
    July 10 - August 21, 2021

    Online Artist Spotlight
    De Buck Gallery
    July 15 - Sept. 5, 2021

    Intersect Aspen Art Fair
    Erin Cluely Gallery
    August 1 - 5, 2021

    Converging Lines: Tracing the Artistic Lineage
    of the Arab Diaspora in the U.S.
    Middle East Institute Gallery
    September 10 - November 15, 2021

    The Lost Museum Project
    Silber Gallery at Goucher College
    Opens September

  • Print Article Now Online!

    Print Article Now Online!

    Words by Jordan Amirkhani:

    While Milad is deeply invested in holding meaning in suspension, this does not imply that her art is devoid of shared affinities or community—quite the opposite, in fact. There are many treasures to find and luxuriate upon in these works, which are often made from an archive of past drawings and paintings, an exciting act of transgressive self-appropriation resistant to the tradition of rendering prior works precious and forgotten.

    A bounty of art historical references enrich surfaces already pregnant with meaning. While Betye Saar’s object-based dioramas, Cecilia Vicuña’s visual poems dedicated to Chilean ancestors, and Sanford Biggers’ coded freedom quilts come to mind as contemporaries to these mixed-media paintings, the implosion of iconographic systems in the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat resonates the most fiercely. Like Basquiat, Milad’s work displays a radical openness to her environment, her intuitive capacity to find and gather, and her refusal to see signs as detached, empty ciphers.

    Just as Basquiat saw the tags and touchstones of Black diasporic history and life under advanced capitalism as a system of codes he could use to navigate the forces of art and commerce, so too does Milad mine the sequence of linguistic proprieties to tell the story of her own experiences. Glitching between English, Arabic, and Spanish words, symbols, slang, and hieroglyphs, Milad’s works give form to living, speaking, and laboring between languages, cultures, and memories that never fully cohere.

  • Spring/ Summer 2021 Shows

    Erin Cluely Gallery - Dallas, TX
    April 17 - May 8, 2021

    THE ROUND CHAOS curated by Dexter Wimberly
    SOCO Gallery - Charlotte, NC
    April 28 - June 12, 2021

    McColl Center for Art + Innovation - Charlotte, NC
    May 20 - August 28, 2021

    We Can’t Predict Tomorrow, curated by Amanda Jirón-Murphy
    Arlington Art Center - Arlington, VA
    June 19 - August 28, 2021

  • Latela Curatorial + Artsy

    Latela Curatorial + Artsy

    Link to Exhibition
    Turning Blue ~ part DEUX: First debuted Fall 2020, this exhibition promoted turning blue as an action to change pace: slow down, accept, honor & trust. Artwork anchored in space reminds us to do just that.

    Link to Exhibition
    Measuring the Drapes is an American saying that refers to the change of decor in the White House to reflect the aesthetic of the new administration. As we start 2021, we encourage you to transform your interior decor with artwork by women artists from the Nation's Capital.

  • Re-Materialize Virtual Tour w/Curator

    This video offers viewers a virtual tour of the exhibition "Re-materialize" at the University of Pennsylvania's Arthur Ross Gallery. "Re-materialize" focuses on four artists who use recycled or repurposed materials: El Anatsui, Shari Mendelson, Jackie Milad, and Alison Saar. The exhibition is curated by Heather Moqtaderi, Assistant Director and Curator for the Arthur Ross Gallery. "Re-materialize" was on view in Fall 2020. Video edited by Reese Berman.

    00:00 Introduction
    01:37 El Anatsui
    06:27 Jackie Milad
    10:06 Alison Saar
    14:23 Shari Mendelson

  • Best Baltimore Exhibitions of 2020

    Best Baltimore Exhibitions of 2020
  • Upcoming BmoreArt Magazine Feature

    Upcoming BmoreArt Magazine Feature

    How exciting to be featured in this upcoming BmoreArt print issue 10: Power.
    Click here to subscribe by December 6th and receive your copy!

  • Creative Mornings/Baltimore Talk on the theme RADICAL

  • Re-Materialize

    Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania
    September 19 – December 20, 2020

    "The exhibition Re-materialize features artists who have built their practices using materials sourced from discarded packaging, personal items, and architectural elements. Works by the Ghanaian-Nigerian artist El Anatsui reflect his career-long interest in the changeability of material culture and the unfixed nature of art. Brooklyn-based sculptor Shari Mendelson creates vessels that glow with the delicate iridescence of glass artifacts from the ancient world, despite the fact that they are made from discarded plastic bottles. Recent pieces by the California-based artist Alison Saar narrate the neglected history of Southern black communities through experimental printmaking on vintage textile fragments and handkerchiefs. Jackie Milad, a Baltimore-based artist, incorporates elements from earlier works and found graphics into collaged canvases richly laden with symbols relating to her Egyptian and Honduran heritage." Taken from their website

    220 South 34th Street · Philadelphia, PA 19104

  • Mothering in a World Turned Upside Down

    Brentwood Arts Exchange
    September 8 - October 31, 2020

    Three-person exhibition featuring the work of Amy Hughes Braden, Roxana Geffen and Jackie Milad, curated by Laura Roulet.

    3901 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, MD 20722

  • Summer '20

    C.Grimaldis Gallery
    JULY 16 - SEPTEMBER 26, 2020
    VIRTUAL EXHIBITION LAUNCH: Thursday, July 23rd

    Chul Hyun Ahn, Zoë Charlton, Alfonso Fernandez, Carol Miller Frost, Carol Brown Goldberg, Jae Ko, Dimitra Lazaridou, Ben Marcin, Rania Matar, Beverly McIver, Jackie Milad, John Ruppert, Nora Sturges, John Waters

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  • It Means Desert, Desert

    Solo exhibition of new works on canvas and video works
    Julio Fine Arts Gallery
    Loyola University Maryland
    February 14 - March 14, 2020

    This project was supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. https://www.rwdfoundation.org

  • Painting Is Its Own Country

    Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

    Group exhibition curated by Dexter Wimberly
    November 2, 2019 – May 3, 2020
    Opening Reception November 2, 6-8pm

    551 S Tryon St.
    Charlotte, NC 28202

  • Portate Bien

    Langer Over Dickie: Artist-run and curated by KT Duffy and Ali Seradge

    Solo Exhibition
    October 26 - November 26, 2019
    Opening Reception October 26th, 6-8pm

    1309 N Leavitt St.
    Chicago, IL


    C. Grimaldis Gallery

    Solo Exhibition
    September 26 - November 2, 2019
    Opening Reception Thursday, September 26, 6-8pm

    523 N. Charles Street
    Baltimore, Maryland 21201

  • Shades Collective Feature

    Jackie Milad on Collaborating with her Son, Questioning the Value of Art, and Navigating her Egyptian and Honduran Culture

    Shades Collective Feature

  • Sondheim Finalist Mini Reviews

    Sondheim Finalist Mini Reviews

    "The prevalent stripes, triangles, rectangles, and loops within Jackie Milad’s larger works feel like they might lift themselves off the canvas when you’re not looking, hopping over to the other ones to acclimate to a new environment. In one piece, a few simple gestures like thick, black painted stripes read as a familiar and basic pattern, an emphatic, formal device meant to direct your focus like a map through dense foliage. In another, an even pattern of black and gold stripes take on larger cultural significance, along with the imprecise and inverted pyramids, triangle-voids, rectangle-bricks, glowering eyes, and winding snakes abounding in Milad’s surfaces.

    That marks and symbols could have a life of their own—that their meanings are always debatable, depending on variables like viewer and context—is what Milad is getting at in these large, visually complicated works. Disrupting the expectation of an artist’s precious archive, Milad selects parts of her own previous works to collage into new ones, drawing and painting over them, reassigning the meaning and value of “finished” pieces. This way of working adds another layer to Milad’s continuously recombinant exploration of her identity, especially of her Egyptian and Honduran heritage, giving herself freedom to invent an ever-evolving personal language, archive, and symbology.

    The resulting works, big enough to get lost in momentarily, feel alive and inscrutable as a whole, which is just fine and good and healthy, because once you think you know something, you project all your shit onto it. Milad also injects a few warning cues about that to viewers. In “Eres Mucho,” a “fuck you” middle finger turns into a slinky snake; in “Chaos Eyes,” an angry clash of brush strokes spell out “FUCK IT”—these could be read as frustrated refusals to be located, named, catalogued, isolated. The only things that seem set firmly in place within these unhemmed and unstretched canvases are their edges, stringy and frayed as they are, but coagulated with a gold-painted “frame” which will keep them from unraveling, for a little while at least." (Rebekah Kirkman)

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  • Sondheim Finalist!

    Sondheim Finalist!

    The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces the finalists for the 14th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The finalists are Negar Ahkami, Akea Brionne Brown, Cheeny Celebrado-Royer, Schroeder Cherry, Phylicia Ghee, Jackie Milad and Stephanie Williams. The competition awards a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Each finalist not selected for the fellowship is presented with an M&T Bank Finalist Award of $2,500.

    Finalists exhibit at the Walters Art Museum, located at 600 N. Charles St., on Saturday, June 15–Sunday, August 11, 2019. The winner is announced at an award ceremony and reception on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7pm at the Walters. (Galleries open at 10am.) The exhibition and ceremony are free open to the public. The 2019 jurors are Laylah Ali, Regine Basha and William Powhida.

    (image taken from BmoreArt.com)

  • The Thing is Close

    School 33 Art Center - Baltimore, Maryland
    08/31/2018 - 09/29/2018

    Works by Cindy Cheng and Jackie Milad

    “The Thing is Close” exhibits the pairing of prolific Baltimore-based artists Cindy Cheng and Jackie Milad. Cheng creates complex sculptural constructions and installations that draw reference from the carefully choreographed rooms of her parents’ house in Hong Kong. Her work invokes a highly formal language to ponder the importance of objects and their ‘beneficial’ placements in the Chinese home. Gesturing toward physical spaces she has inhabited, as well as objects and things she has lived around and through, these works serve as incubators that reflect on the physical and abstract self, as well as Cheng’s own personal history and memory. Jackie Milad’s works on paper present the complexities of identity-making for people of mixed-race and ethnic backgrounds. Her work constructs a new visual language—a mash-up of actual and invented symbols associated with her Egyptian and Honduran immigrant background and family history. Combining drawing processes collaged with the cut pieces of older finished works, Milad tears away at preciousness of history to reveal another story—one that is not fixed, and yet uniquely her own.


  • Isla: Regarding Paradise

    Towson University, Center for the Arts - Towson, Maryland
    Friday, September 7— Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Guest Curator Jackie Milad explores the theme of “paradise” and what lies beyond the typical postcard representations of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, examining these nations as complex societies struggling to assert economic independence, political autonomy, and environmental justice. An insatiable desire to conquer and own the utopic dream of paradise is an enduring theme throughout history and one that is examined and critiqued by artists in this exhibition. The exhibition includes photography, sculpture, installation, mixed media, and video. Artists: Rafael Vargas Bernard, Allora & Calzadilla, Héctor Arce Espasas, Pablo Guardiola, Alejandro Guzman, Monica Rodriguez Medina, Joiri Minaya, Raquel Paiewonsky, Eric Rivera, Anabel Vázquez Rodriguez, Gabriela Salazar, Edward Victor Sanchez, and Edra Soto. A catalog will be available for purchase


  • City Paper Review

  • Bmore Art Review

  • Pyramids Fall Too

    Phoebe Projects

    Solo Presentation

    July 9 - August 6, 2016
    Opening Reception Saturday, July 9th, 2016 7-10pm