Native American Art
Works by five First Nations and Native American artists is on view in the Foyer Gallery adjacent to the Western Gallery. Ten works were 1996 gifts from University professor emeritus of geography, W.A. Douglas Jackson: serigraphs by Reginald Davidson and Don Yeomans (Haida) and Tim Paul (Nuu-chah-nulth) as well as serigraphs and two engraved glass works by Susan Point (Coast Salish). There is also a painted rawhide drum by John Goodwin (Makah) on loan from Jackson.
Born in Canada, Jackson piano at the Toronto Conservatory and made his debut at the Royal Ontario Museum concert hall in 1948, the same year he completed his master's degree in history at the University of Toronto. He earned his Ph.D. in Russian studies from the University of Maryland and did post-doctoral work in the field at Columbia and Harvard, Jackson joined the UW faculty in 1955; established a Canadian Studies Center at UW in 1984; and, in concert with Western's Canadian-American Studies program, developed a joint Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Center in 1987. Pursuant his interest in music, he has been active in numerous Seattle musical organization and has served as a judge for Metropolitan Opera competitions for aspiring young vocalists.
Long interested in First Nations and Native American art, Jackson recently spoke about the spirit of collecting at the Friends of the Gallery's Collector's forum.