Jackie Belden Hawthorne moved to East Lansing from Athens, Ohio in 2005 after receiving her Master of Arts in Visual Communication from Ohio University. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art and French from Middlebury College.
She has worked as a photographer for newspapers all over the country including The Concord Monitor (New Hampshire), The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Illinois), The Sun-Sentinel Community Newsgroup (Miami), and The Aurora Beacon-News and Naperville Sun in suburban Chicago. She holds numerous regional awards in photography as well as a 3rd place award in the Pictures of the Year International. She has also been a participant in the prestigious Eddie Adams and Missouri Photo workshops.
Jackie has worked in several photography studios and spent many years as a teaching assistant at the Maine Photographic Workshops, Palm Beach Photographic Centre and Santa Fe Workshops. While in Palm Beach Jackie worked with a group of at-risk youth teaching a course on journal writing and self-expression. Her thesis project for her Master’s degree consisted of portraits of and photographs by a group of mentally ill adults in Athens, Ohio. This culminated in a gallery show of her work alongside the work of her students.
Since 2014 Jackie has worked as the Director of Photography for MATRIX, a digital humanities center, in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University. She also teaches courses in photojournalism, Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. She resides in East Lansing with her two (terrific) children and husband, Walter Hawthorne, Chair of the History Department, who specializes in African History.