About the Curator

James JacksonJames Jackson is the founder and curator of the Sacred Art Gallery. He is also the President & C.E.O of Jackson’s International Auctioneers & Appraiser of Antiques & Fine Art. With headquarters in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Jackson’s sells millions of dollars worth of fine art and antiques each year since it was founded in 1969. Jackson’s holds numerous world record auction prices in many areas. Mr. Jackson has written and lectured widely on the subject of art and antiques and is recognized nationally in the area of Russian Art including icons, paintings & decorative arts. He has traveled extensively visiting over 25 countries including over a dozen trips alone to Russia doing research on icons. James was the author of the icon section for the International Society of Appraisers Fine Arts Course and has been guest curator at numerous museums throughout the U.S. in conjunction with various Russian icon exhibitions. James also manages Jackson’s paintings and prints department, which appraises, inspects and sells over 2000 works on canvas and paper yearly. Request free valuation.

  • Birthright of Blackhawk County
    Board of Directors
  • International Society of Appraiser ( I. S. A.)
    Affiliate member in good standings.
  • National Auctioneers Association (N. A.A)
    Member in good standing.
  • United States Chamber of Commerce
    Member in good standing.
  • Iowa Auctioneers Association (I. A. A.)
    Member in good standing.
  • University of Maryland University College
    Certified Appraiser of Personal Property Program
    Core Course 101: “Appraisal Principles and Business Practices”
    Core Course 102: “Appraisal Ethics, Standards, USPAP, Identification & Authentication”
    Core Course 103: “Practical Appraisal Report Writing”
    ISA Fine Arts Course 204
  • University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
    School of Art
  • Washington D.C., Pope John Paul II Cultural Center
    “Holy Icons of Mother Russia” icon exhibition
    June 4, 2003
  • Cedar Falls, Iowa, University of Northern Iowa
    "Russian Icons, Their Impact & Meaning on Russian Culture and History”
    January 29, 2002
  • Columbus, Ohio, Pontifical College Josephinum
    “Heaven on Earth” icon exhibition
    January 11, 2002
  • Topeka, Kansas, Heartland Orthodox Christian Museum
    “Spiritual Treasures of Czarist Russia”
    September 8, 2001
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
    Windows into Heaven: Russian Icons of the Romanov Period”
    October 6, 2001
  • Ames, Iowa, Brunnier Art Museums’ 25th Anniversary
    Iowa State University’s Collections Highlight Series
    April 8, 2001
  • San Antonio, Texas
    International Society of Appraisers, National Convention
    “Russian Icons From the Appraisers Point of View, Untangling the Nightmare”
    April 6, 2001
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ave Maria Foundation
    “Heaven on Earth, The Holy Art of Imperial Russia 1650-1917”
    February 6, 2001
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
    “The Holy Art of Imperial Russia”, March 11, 2000:
    “Theology, Meaning and Importance of Icons in Eastern Christianity”
  • Bartlesville, Oklahoma, The Price Tower Arts Center
    The Holy Art of Russian Icons, December 1998
  • Atlanta, Georgia, Art & Antiques—Conference “97”
    “Evaluating Panel Paintings--Fakes & Forgeries: The Appraisers Point of View”
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, Umerov Gallery
    “The Holy Art of Russia”
  • Omaha, Nebraska, Durham Western Heritage Museum
    “Unraveling the Mystery--Russian Icons--Production Usage & Meaning”
  • Pensacola, Florida, Pensacola Museum of Art
    “Windows To Heaven, Icons of Imperial Russia”
  • Melbourne, Florida, Melbourne Museum of Art
    “Russian Icons, Fakes and Forgeries”
  • Cedar Falls, Iowa, Hearst Center For The Arts
    “Mystic Beauty, The Holy Art of Imperial Russia”
    Guest Curator and Lecturer
  • Waverly, Iowa, Wartburg College
    “What’s it Worth, Valuing Antiques & Art”
  • Grinnell, Iowa, Grinnell College
    “Russian Icons of the Romanov Period”
  • Panama City, Florida, Visual Arts Center
    Russian Icons of the Romanov Era 1700-1917
  • Waterloo, Iowa, Hawkeye Community College
    “Evaluating Antiques”
  • Waterloo, Iowa, Waterloo Museum of Art
    “Identifying Fine Art Prints”. Lecture for N.E. Iowa Print Club
  • Holy Icons of Mother Russia, 180 page Exhibition Catalogue
    Guest Curator
    Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, Washington D.C.
  • Holy Icons of Mother Russia, 86 page Exhibition Catalogue
    Guest Curator
    Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Heaven on Earth: The Holy Art of Imperial Russia,
    59 page Exhibition Catalogue
    Guest Curator
    Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio
  • Heaven on Earth, 59 page Exhibition Catalogue
    Guest Curator
    Ave Maria Foundation, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • The Holy Art of Russian Icons, 50 page Exhibition Catalogue,
    Guest Curator
    The Price Tower Arts Center, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, December 1998
  • New England Antiques Journal, Ware, MA
    “Russian Icons, Objects of Veneration-Objects d’ Art”
    December 1995-Cover Article
  • Antique Trader, Dubuque, IA
    “Russian Icons”
    December 1995 Article
  • I.S.A. International Society of Appraisers, Headquarters, Seattle, WA.
    Author of 30 page Fine Art Appraisal Course on Russian Icons. Course is
    taught to students of I.S.A.’s Fine Art Specialty Course throughout the U.S.A.
  • Antique & Collectors Reproduction News, Des Moines, Iowa
    “Russian Icons, How to Examine and Evaluate; Key Features, How Originals
    Were Made.” January 1999, Vol. 8 #1
  • Art & Antiques—Conference “97”, Atlanta Georgia
    “Russian Icons of the Last 300 Years”, article featured in conference
    program. Additionally, the author of a 20 page course on
    “Evaluating Russian Icons” designed specifically for this conference.
  • “Mystic Beauty, The Holy Art of Imperial Russia” 1650 –1917
    Hearst Center For the Arts, Guest Curator & Author of exhibition catalog.
    December 1996
  • Jackson’s Cataloged Auctions
    Catalogued Auctions of Russian art including paintings, silver & enamel,
    icons and decorative arts twice yearly along with cataloged auctions of Fine
    Art and Decorative Art throughout the year
  • “Windows Into Heaven” Production, Usage and Meaning of Russian Icons
    From the Imperial Period
    A 40 minute video symposium featuring James L. Jackson
    Source Media Network, Waterloo, Iowa. 1994
Icon Specialist