Alice West Jackson
Students, faculty and visitors who enter the lobby of the Center for Food Science and Technology building are greeted with six magnificent oil paintings by the late Alice West Jackson, a former UMES fine arts student.
Each of the 42” X 51” paintings depicts African American women from a bygone era working in the strawberry industry. Jackson’s work captures the essence of some of the activities of the female figure in and around strawberry fields on the Eastern Shore.
“The food science building is the perfect place … for my paintings,” Jackson said. “The paintings and the building complement each other.”
She created the award-winning paintings in the Fine Arts Department in 1986 and 1987 under the supervision of Kenneth Rogers, her teacher.
Veteran educator and UMES alumnus Ernest Satchell, who retired in 2010, was most grateful and touched by this legacy of art.
“Alice was a fine artist, and a good friend of the university,” said Satchell, who was the long-time art department chairman. “It is with pride that we display her work on campus.”
In 2007, when she donated the paintings, Jackson called it “an honor to give my work to the university.”
She died in 2009, but her special gift will be enjoyed and cherished for generations to come.
Haven’t seen the paintings yet? Stop by, and take a moment of your day to enjoy the work of a talented alumna.
-- VERONIQUE DIRIKER, Ph.D.