Jackie Bailey Labovitz


Born in rural Virginia, Jackie began collecting insects at an early age. Meticulously arranging arthropods in cigar boxes which Mrs. Tyson at the general store saved for her was her first curatorial attempt. She moved on to curate art collections for major corporations and American embassies around the world.

In 2003, she picked up a camera. For more than a decade Jackie and her husband, David, have been creating a safe haven for ordinary wildlife. Her photographic safari began in their backyard sanctuary in the Shenandoah Valley.

UNDERSTORY, an exhibition of 16 of her photographs on canvas, celebrating the short perennial lives of native plants that bloom beneath the forest canopy, is currently on view at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Naturalist Center, the Norfolk Botanical, and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.