Jack Livingston is an artist, educator, critic, curator, and community activist. He has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the Producer/ Director of Bmoreart.com’s Conversations Podcast Series. His writing on arts and culture has been published in a number of online and print journals. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his young son.
Livingston’s paintings and prints are lyrical abstractions influenced by Tibetan Buddhist, Hindu and Persian painting, the art of ancient Egypt, work created by indigenous peoples of the Americas, and American abstract expressionism. He has had numerous exhibitions of his work around the country for over thirty years.
Born in western Nebraska in 1953, Jack Livingston grew up near Denver, Colorado. In 1979 he graduated from Rocky Mountain College of Art with a degree in painting. Concurrently, he studied with counter-culture luminaries William Burroughs, Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg at Naropa, a Buddhist studies institute located in Boulder, Colorado. In1980 Livingston moved to Houston, Texas to participate in the then burgeoning art scene where he regularly exhibited his paintings.
In the late nineteen-eighties and early nineteen-nineties he served as literary program director for the nationally acclaimed alterative arts organization, DiverseWorks ArtSpace. In 1991, Livingston and writer Jan Werner founded Anti-Trust, a “faux” artist’s collective that dissected notions of propaganda. They were awarded an NEA grant in 1992.