Ariel Jackson is originally from Louisiana and she lived and worked as a practicing artist in New York before arriving in Austin. After receiving a BA from The Cooper Union in 2013, her work was included in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Susan Inglett Gallery in New York City. The exhibition “American Beauty” was reviewed in the New York Times, Art in Review in January 2014. Since then, Jackson’s work has been included in exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem; The Bronx Museum of Art; The Schomburg Center in Harlem; and The Arlington Art Center, among others. In her creative research, Jackson uses her personal experiences as a basis to build critical reflections in regards to politics and race. Jackson explores African-American history within the history of her own family using mediums such as video, animation, and sculpture to subvert stereotypes and honor both the speaker and the listener while addressing political and social issues. She is currently attending The University of Texas at Austin for an MFA in Transmedia.