Jackson Martin

Associate Professor of Art

Contact Information

  • jmartin5@unca.edu
  • 828-251-6877
  • 217 Owen Hall

Jackson Martin was born and raised on a hippie commune in rural Tennessee. At age 8 he moved to Nashville with his family, where he graduated from Hume Fogg Academic High School in 1997. Martin spent several years walking, hitchhiking and trainhopping around the US before finally earning his BFA from Middle Tennessee State University in 2004. He then moved to Baltimore, MD to attend the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art, earning his MFA in 2007. Martin regularly exhibits his sculptural projects on a regional, national and international level. Venues include Sculpture by the Sea, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Cameron Art Museum and Pratt Institute Sculpture Park. Before moving to Asheville in 2013, he taught at other institutions, including East Tennessee State University, the College of Charleston and Redux Contemporary Art Center. He has also taught summer workshops at Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts.


  • MFA, Sculpture
    Maryland Institute College of Art
  • BFA, Sculpture
    Middle Tennessee State University

Courses Taught

  • Art 122: Two-Dimensional Design
  • Art 133: Three-Dimensional Design
  • Art 144: Foundation Drawing
  • Art 246: Sculpture I
  • Art 346: Sculpture II
  • Art 347: Sculpture III
  • Art 446: Sculpture IV
  • Art 234: Ceramics I
  • Art 336: Ceramics III
  • Art 434: Ceramics IV
  • Art 490: Senior Exhibitions I
  • Art 491: Senior Exhibitions II
  • Art 492: Senior Exhibitions III

Recent/Upcoming Exhibitions

  • 2019Focus: Fiber 2019, Textile Art Alliance, Kent State University Museum, Kent, OH
  • 2019Utilitarian: Tool Show, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
  • 2018, NC Arts Council Fellowship Exhibition, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC
  • 2018, Instructor Exhibition, Sandra J. Blain Gallery, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
  • 2018Solo ExhibitionWork Ethic, Lander University, Greenwood, SC
  • 2017, Solo ExhibitionWork Ethic, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC
  • 2017Dogwood Regional Art Exhibition, Dogwood Arts Gallery, Knoxville, TN
  • 2017Solo ExhibitionBack to Work, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
  • 2016-18Out in the Open, William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, VA
  • 2016Solo ExhibitionAscent II, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
  • 2016Megan Wolfe & Friends, Perkinson Art Gallery, Millikin University, Decatur, IL
  • 2015Jax Juried Exhibition, The Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd, VA
  • 2015Material World, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
  • 2015Wild at Heart, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
  • 2014-15, Solo ExhibitionCollapse, Nashville International Airport, Nashville, TN
  • 2014-15Fine Contemporary Craft, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
  • 201429th Annual Tallahassee International, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL
  • 2014MTSU Art Alumni Exhibition, Todd Art Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN
  • 2014Solo ExhibitionSeep, The Cube Gallery, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
  • 2014Handcrafted, Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC
  • 2013Jax Juried Exhibition, The Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd, VA
  • 2013Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus, Denmark
  • 2013Fabricated, Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA


  • 2018, University Service Council Grant, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC
  • 2017, Visual Artist Fellowship Grant, North Carolina Arts Council, Raleigh, NC
  • 2017, Third Place, Dogwood Regional Art Exhibition, Knoxville, TN
  • 2016, Honorable Mention, Jax Juried Exhibition, Floyd Center for the Arts, Floyd, VA
  • 2015, Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
  • 2015, Honorable Mention, Positive/Negative Juried Exhibition, ETSU, Johnson City, TN
  • 2014, Finalist, 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, Gibbes Museum, Charleston, SC
  • 2014, Residency, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
  • 2013, Second Place, Jax Juried Exhibition, Floyd Center for the Arts, Floyd, VA
  • 2013, Residency, Godsbanen Cultural Center, Aarhus, Denmark

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