'We Had to Do It For Ourselves': Alum Suzanne Jackson on Why Art World Has Never Gotten Her Story Right

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Photo of Suzanne Jackson standing in front of one of her paintings
Photo by Tim Doyon/Ortuzar Projects

ARTNET NEWS -- Suzanne Jackson never vanished, or, as some people have suggested, ran off to Africa to get married. Instead, the artist and gallerist — who ran a short-lived space in Los Angeles in the late ‘60s that offered early shows to artists including Betye Saar and David Hammons — has been in Georgia. For the past 27 years, she has been teaching students at the Savannah College of Arts and Design and filling up her studio with more and more of her art.

“People think that because I worked at a gallery for San Francisco State, that was my relationship to starting Gallery 32, but I had no clue I was ever going to have a gallery,” Jackson said. “I guess people don’t like the idea that I don’t call myself a curator or a gallerist. I’m an artist. They put me and a lot of others [in the category] as gallerists because we had galleries. And as a result, people want to keep you as a gallerist as opposed to an artist — we were all artists.