Jordan Seaberry is a painter, organizer, legislative advocate, and educator. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Jordan came to Providence to attend Rhode Island School of Design. Alongside his art, he built a career as a grassroots organizer, helping to fight and pass multiple criminal justice reform milestones, including Probation Reform, the ‘Unshackling Pregnant Prisoners’ Bill, and laying the groundwork for the “Ban the Box” movement in Rhode Island.
Jordan serves as Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a people-powered nonprofit agency, and most recently worked as the Director of Public Policy at the Nonviolence Institute. He serves as Chairman of the Providence Board of Canvassers, overseeing the city’s elections; as a Board Member at New Urban Arts in Providence; and as a Board Member for Protect Families First, working on community-oriented drug policy reform. He has received fellowships from the Art Matters Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, and recently served as the Community Leader Fellow at Roger Williams University School of Law.
Jordan maintains a painting studio in Providence, and has displayed works at institutions such as the RISD Museum, the deCordova Museum, the Crystal Bridges Museum, Boston Center for the Arts, and exhibition spaces in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and elsewhere.