Artists

Meet Jay Coleman

Jay Coleman, M.A. Ed., H.D. has been in the service of children for over 11 years. With experience teaching in public, private and charter schools, he has concentrated his expertise in the field of special education. As a professional artist and father, his sensitivity to the human spirit has enabled him to inspire parents and students alike.

After attending Morehouse College 90’-94’ he returned to D.C. to further his studies at the Corcoran School of Art, 99’. Under the direction of his mentor Lois Mailou Jones (painter) he began graduate studies at Howard University. Recently Jay has completed his master’s degree in Special Education for children with emotional and behavioral disorders. He is trailblazing by seeking new and innovative methods for engaging and educating the exceptional child.

As a portrait painter, he has been commissioned by presidents of colleges (Howard University) and countries (Angola, Cape Verde). His portrait of Rosa Parks hung at her memorial service and his murals bring color to many DC schools and communities. Co-founder of Slickfish LLC and founder of Slickfish Education & Therapy, Coleman has developed activities and curricula utilizing salt water fish tanks to educate and inspire children.