Jackie Milad (Baltimore City, MD) Creates textured works on paper and canvas. Her artwork has been featured in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. Select exhibitions include: Grizzly Grizzly (Philadelphia, PA), School 33 Art Center (Baltimore, MD), Phoebe Projects curated by Alex Ebstein (Baltimore, MD), Lycoming College (Lycoming, PA), Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA), Flashpoint (Washington D.C.), Museo de Arte de Mazatlan (Mazatlan, MX), DiFOCUR de Sinaloa Galleria (Culiacan, MX), Transmitter (Brooklyn, NY), Arlington Art Center (Arlington, VA), Goucher College, Silber Gallery (Baltimore, MD). In 2010, 2016, 2019 Milad was awarded an individual Artist Grant from Maryland State Arts Council. In 2018 she was named a Sondheim Semi-Finalist and in 2019 a Sondheim Finalist. Jackie was an inaugural resident of Creative Alliance at the Patterson and also held a residency at Vermont Studio Center. Milad received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, and her MFA from Towson University. Besides her active studio practice, Jackie Milad also has an extensive career as a curator and educator, where she has committed many years to the education and support of emerging artists.
Jackie's curatorial career began as a co-founder of the Transmodern Festival, an artist-run performance art and experimental media festival that was based in Baltimore. More recently, Milad served as the Chief Curator for The Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington, Delaware. She has also held the position of Gallery Curator for the Adele H. Stamp Student Union's Stamp Gallery and Acquisition Advisor for the Stamp's Contemporary Art Collection at the University of Maryland in College Park. Currently Jackie is an Assistant Director for the Joseph Meyerhoff Center of Career Development, and an Adjunct Professor in Curatorial Practice MFA Program at Maryland Institute College of Art.
We assign value to objects, and those same objects can shift meaning depending on perspective, time in history, or their given cultural and political context. How does a society come to these determinations, who has choice over what is valued and for how much? As an artist, I make decisions on what to preserve or otherwise discard every time I step foot in the studio. In my current studio practice, I cut up older completed drawings, in some cases artworks I've coveted for years, and now use for collage material. It is in these perceived destructive actions, and aggressive mark making, value and purpose are redefined. This sustainable process of making art is messy and most times irreverent--but provides an endless source of production. In these large-scale drawing-collages, I directly reference cultural symbols and language associated with my Egyptian and Honduran heritage, especially those that have been co-opted into American pop-culture. I take creative liberties with the imagery to create a unique narrative and identity landscape that I may call my own.
(Image of Jackie and her parents taken in 1975)