Akiko Jackson is from Kahuku, a rural North Shore community on the island of O’ahu, Hawai’i. In 1999, Akiko moved to Los Angeles and San Francisco to focus her studies in the arts. After receiving a Master of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge, she moved to Richmond, Virginia where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She currently resides in Lawrence, Kansas as the Artist in Residence at the Lawrence Arts Center, 2010-2011. In 2011, Akiko plans to join an AIA Residency at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME; from 2011-2013 as an Artist in Residence at Pottery Northwest in Seattle, WA; and in Fall 2012 as an Artist in Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC.
Akiko has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, most notably in the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Los Angeles, CA; Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA; 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA; the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA; the 4th World Ceramic Biennale Korea, Republic of Korea; and the Australian International Ceramics Triennale, Sydney Australia.