Biography

Born in Cleveland, OH. Studied at Bowling Green State University, and Art and Fashion Design at the School of the Art institute of Chicago. Jae Jarrell earned a BFA from Howard University, Washington, DC, and graduated Suma Cum Laude and on the Dean’s list. She entered graduate school at Howard University, and at Parson-the New School in New York City where she studied textile design.

 

Ebony Fashion Fair commissioned a formal gown by Jae for the 1963-64 Collection. In Spring of 1964 Jae opened a boutique, Jae of Hyde, featuring Seasonal lines of one-of-a-kind tailored wear. In 1967 Wadsworth and Jae married, set up a mass production workshop in WJ Studios developing mail-order inventory and to teach adult sewing classes. Jae became a founding member of AFRICOBRA sculpting and painting classic revolutionary garb, and above all, partnered building a loving Jarrell family, the most powerful ammunition of all! For better than 50 years Jae has shared her vision for leadership, resolution, and positivity worldwide uplift with Classic Black adornment.

Jae Jarrell is in many private and Museum collections including, Brooklyn Museum, Smart Museum, and the Rennie Collection Vancouver, Canada. Exhibitions include, The First Biennial Toronto, Canada, 2019, AFRICOBRA: Nation Time, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2019, Witness, Brooklyn Museum, NY, 2017, How to Remain Human, MOCA, Cleveland, OH, 2015, Soul of a Nation, Tate Modern Museum, London, 2017; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2018; Brooklyn Museum, NY, 2018;  The Broad Museum, Los Angeles, 2018; de Young Museum San Francisco, 2019. AFRICOBRA 50, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, 2018, AFRICOBRA: Messages, MOCA North Miami Museum, 1918, Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell, Old and New Works, Skoto Gallery, New York, NY, 2019. Heritage, Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell, Cleveland Museum of Art, 2017-18, Now is the Time, Smart Museum, Chicago, 2018, We Wanted a Revolution, Brooklyn Museum, NY, 2016, Freedom Principles, Art and Music from 1965 to Now, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2014, AFRICOBRA Philosophy, Logan Center, Chicago, 2013, AFRICOBRA 1 & 2, Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, and the National Center for Afro-American Artists, Boston, 1970-71.