Born in Battiest, Oklahoma, part of the Choctaw nation, Jerry Ingram attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Sante Fe, New Mexico, before receiving a B.A. degree from Oklahoma State Technical Institute in 1966. By then he was already accepting art commissions and soon began to receive awards for his work. In 1967 he moved to New Mexico, where he has continued to paint while establishing himself as an important graphic designer. He has also worked as an illustrator.
Over the last quarter century, Ingram has received awards for his achievements in the visual arts and also for his efforts to expand the understanding and appreciation of Native American culture. A solo exhibition of Ingram's work was presented at the Heard Museum in Phoenix in 1972. The historical accuracy of the forms and details he presents distinguishes his work in both graphic and fine arts.
Therese Thau Heyman Posters American Style (New York and Washington, D.C.: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in association with the National Museum of American Art, 1998)