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March 12, 2009

ART: Jed Jackson returns for exhibit

The story begins with Goo Goo Doll Robby Takac’s “Music is Art” concert fundraiser and roadshow Friday at Niagara University. The college is also the location of the Castellani Art Museum, whose curator, Michael Beam, was a student of the artist whose “Arkansas Sunset” painting appeared on the cover of the Goo’s first album (so was Takac — two different schools). Thus, while the campus rocks this weekend, the Castellani will present the opening of “JED: 30 Years of Painting by Jed Jackson.”

There is more to Jackson than merely serving as a Goo Goo’s muse. An accomplished and prolific painter, author of art history books and currently a professor at the University of Memphis, Jackson “has three other shows about to open, two in New York City and one in St. Louis,” according to Beam, in addition to the Castellani exhibition.

In the 1980s, he was a fixture in Western New York’s cultural constellation as a painter with exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Nina Freudenheim Gallery, board member of Buffalo’s celebrated Hallwalls art space and instructor at Medaille College. It was at Medaille that he inspired Takac and former Goo Goo Doll George Tutuska in ways of looking at art.

Said Jackson, “Several of my best paintings were executed in Buffalo, in my studio on Lexington Avenue. Openings at Hallwalls, fish fries and Polish and German food and lake effect whiteouts. It’s great to be able to return to refresh those memories.”

The Castellani show begins with a Sunday afternoon reception — Jackson and Takac will be in attendance — and runs through Sept. 20. The celebrated “Arkansas Sunset” will be on display, as well as 24 other paintings, a number of them loaned by local collectors who obtained them during Jackson’s Buffalo days.

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