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Martha Jackson Jarvis was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1952. She spent her early childhood in the south and moved to Philadelphia when she was thirteen. Jackson Jarvis studied her freshman year at Howard University where she benefited from the influence of artists such as Elizabeth Catlett and Lois Mailou Jones but later transferred to Tyler School of Art to study ceramics. She earned an MFA from Antioch University.
Over the course of her successful career, Jackson Jarvis completed a number of public and site-specific sculptures. She has received a number of honors including the Creative Capital Grant, the Virginia Groot Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Penny McCall Foundation Grant, and the Lila Wallace Arts International Travel Grant. She has exhibited extensively around the country including at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Studio Museum of Harlem, the University of Maryland, and the African American American Museum in Philadelphia.