Joan Bugbee-Jackson

Title: Artist, Pottery Instructor (Former)

Company: Prince William Sound College

Location: Cordova, Alaska, United States

Joan Bugbee-Jackson, Pottery and Sculpture Artist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Fine Arts.

Ms. Bugbee-Jackson wanted to be a writer but it wasn’t meant to be. As a student of art at the University of California, San Jose, she fell in love with pottery and went on to earn an MA in art and ceramics, followed by coursework with the National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York. Ms. Bugbee-Jackson has taught pottery from coast to coast, and since 2007 has focused on her sculptures and paintings. The highlight of her career are the life-size sculptures that she has done throughout the state of Alaska, which include the Pioneer Aviator Monument in Anchorage and the statue of Joe Redington Senior, Father of the Iditarod, in Wasilla.

Born to Henry Greenwood Bugbee and Jeanie Lawler Bugbee in Oakland, California, Ms. Bugbee-Jackson began teaching pottery as an instructor with the Greenwich House of Pottery in 1969. While in New York, she also taught with the Craft Institute of America, before traveling to become an instructor with the Cordova Extension Center at the University of Alaska. She taught with the Prince William Sound College from 1979 to 2007. She is noted for her work with life-sized metal sculptures, and her preferred medium is bronze. She studied with the master sculptor Joseph Kiselewski, and is frequently commissioned for government and public art.

Over the years, Ms. Bugbee-Jackson has exhibited in California, Maine, New York, and Alaska, and was celebrated as the 1991 Alaskan Artist of the Year. She is also the recipient of a 2002 Alaska Governor Award, 1981 and 1982 Citations from the Alaska Legislature, a 1973 C. Percival Dietsch Prize, a 1972 Allied Artists American Award, a 1971 Frishmuth Award, a 1972 Daniel Chester French Award, a 1971 Helen Foster Barnet Award, a 1971 Dr. Ralph Weiler Prize, and a 1969 J.A. Suydam Bronze Medal. In 2017, she was recognized by Marquis Who’s Who with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Bugbee-Jackson is a fellow of the National Sculpture Society, and the proud mother of Brook Bond with her husband John Michael Jackson.

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