Jerry Jackson holds an M.F.A. (2006) and a B.F.A (1983) degree in ceramics from East Carolina University and an A.A. (1980) degree from Wingate University. He has spent most of his art career as a curator and arts administrator. He has been in the position of Executive Director at John C. Campbell Folk School since August 2017. Before relocating to Brasstown, he served ten years as the deputy director at Penland School of Craft and 11 years as curator and cultural arts administrator (director) at the Rocky Mount Arts Center.
Jerry has curated dozens of exhibitions during the past 25 years and has served as a juror for numerous exhibitions throughout the southeast. He has served on the board of Pocosin Arts, the North Carolina Museum Council, the Eastern North Carolina Visual Arts Consortium, Very Special Arts, and the Professional Arts Councils of Eastern North Carolina. In 2007, he was awarded the Mid-Career Arts Administrator Award from the North Carolina Museum Council. He serves as Board President of the Folk Education Association of America.