Common elements of humanness –our biological systems, our imaginative potential for thought, communication and connection—drive Jane Lackey's creative process. Her long-time affinity with the medium of fiber, the study of materials, process and history is inspired with scientific curiosity, the chemistry of physical sensation, reductive qualities of mapping and time-based spatial experience. In drawings, sculpture and installations, she traces the flow of information, illusive aspects of movement, translucency, anomaly and systemic order. Intimate and hand held or large scale and ambulatory, her artworks perpetuate self-reflection, scrutiny, intimacy, instances of connection and conceptual resonance.
Lackey is a visual artist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Lackey’s solo and group exhibitions include Wellcome Trust, London; Contemporary Art Space, Osaka; I Space, Chicago; Exit Art, New York City; The Tang Museum, Syracuse; Detroit Institute of the Arts; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Asheville Art Museum; Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle; The Art Gym, OR; New Mexico Museum of Art and Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico among others. Lackey’s work is in the permanent collections of Detroit Institute of the Arts, Cranbrook Art Museum, Hallmark Fine Arts, Museum of Art and Design, Wellcome Trust, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, the James A. Michener Collection at Kent State, Ohio along with private and corporate collections.
She has been awarded residencies at La Napoule Art Foundation, La Napoule, France, Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France and was recipient of the 2011 US-Japan Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship spent in Kyoto and surrounding areas of Japan. Lackey’s work has been supported by artist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, Artist Trust, Seattle, Grand Arts, Kansas City. Lackey held the position of Artist-in-Residence and Head of Fiber Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art between 1997-2007. Prior to that she was Professor and Department Chair/Fiber at Kansas City Art Institute. She is Contributing Faculty at Santa Fe University of Art and Design and teaches in many guest venues. She holds a BFA from California College of the Arts and MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Lackey was born and raised in eastern Tennessee.