Founder and president of Olaleye Communications, Inc., located in Boston.
Dr. Jackson serves as a consultant to artists and scholars who are conducting visual and cultural research related to African retentions in the Americas. Dr. Jackson holds a Ph.D. in Visual Anthropology and Communications from Union Institute, a MFA and a BFA from Yale University, a MSW from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and the AAS degree from RIT in Graphic Arts and Printing. His post graduate work includes MIT, Smithsonian Institute and Ford Foundation Fellowships. He is an Emeritus Professor of Communications at Simmons College and worked as academic V.P., Dean of International Relations and Professor of Visual Communications at African University College of Communications in Ghana.
For over 40 years, Dr. Reginald L. Jackson, an educator and visual artist, has conducted visual research within the African Diaspora. He has documented African retentions in Ghana, Nigeria, Cuba and Brazil. A prolific exhibitor, he has participated in over 150 exhibitions including Ghana, China and Brazil.
Jackson’s work can be found in the permanent collection of prestigious institutions such as the MIT Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Boston Athenaum, the Bowdoin Museum of Art, the RISD Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Simmons College and Amherst College.
In the MID – 70’s, Dr. Jackson helped shape the photographic component of the Communications Department at Simmons College. Currently a Professor Emeritus at Simmons College and Emeritus Master Artist at Northeastern University, Jackson has received many honors including a Fulbright fellowship and fellowships from Ford Foundation and Smithsonian Institution.
The African American Alumni Association of Simmons College presented him with a Man of the Year Award and the Crystal Stair Award twice. He is a recipient of a citation from the Massachusetts State Senate for his outstanding work in the field of communications.