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Donald (DJ) Jackson is a contemporary artist living and working in the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhood for the past 22 years. First and foremost, though, he is a dad. After noticing the specific artistic and communicative developments of his own young son through exposure to the visual arts, the most natural thing for this dad to do was to open an art studio for children. And, thus, color wheel studio was born.

Nationwide studies have shown that children who are exposed to the arts on a regular basis perform better at writing, science, and math. These children are also more motivated to learn with an engaged mind demonstrating sustained attention, resulting in greater self-confidence, collaboration skills, empathy, and social tolerance. 1

DJ is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (’95). A visual and musical artist his entire life, he has also attended programs at the Berklee School of Music in Boston as well as Massachusetts College of Art. DJ’s work has been widely shown and is included in numerous private collections throughout the United States. Recent publications include the 2010 issue of Studio Visit magazine and Short Stories Illustrated by Artists, Front Forty Press, April 2007.

Committed to this community, his wife is a proud Bucktown business owner since 2001. Their son is currently enrolled in first grade at their neighborhood school.

DJ, Miller, & Cy Twombly

if you would like to view some of Donald’s recent work please visit his website at:

Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development. Arts Education Partnership, May 2002.

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