Virginia Visual Artist Emergency Relief Fellowship recognizes Bedford artist

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BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) — This past Tuesday, the Director and CEO of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Alex Nyerges, along with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northan announced 40 Virginia artists will each receive $5,000 in grant money through a special program aimed at helping the art community in Virginia, amid the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Virginia Artist Relief Fellowship Program, which launched in June of this year, will hand out a total of $200,000 in funding.

“They were thinking about how can we help artists because they are also suffering. So, I have to applaud people like that, who are in the arts who understand the power, the vitality and the need for arts and artists to exist in this nation.”

Veronica Jackson – Conceptual Visual Artist

Veronica Jackson, a conceptual visual artist based in Bedford is one of those artists receiving grant money.

“I had a 30-year career as a Museum Exhibit Designer and at a point about five, six years ago, I came to a point in my life where [I was at] a crossroads and I wondered how I was contributing to humanity. So, I decided I wanted to be a better contributor to humanity to tell my story.”

Veronica Jackson – Conceptual Visual Artist

Jackson’s artwork is autobiographical that borrows from her experience as an African American woman in America.

“I wanted to be a contributor to how visual culture is being interpreted, critiqued, looked at – especially when it comes to people of color.”

Veronica Jackson – Conceptual Visual Artist

Since February, many in-person art exhibits and events have been canceled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The great thing about it, if there’s any kind of silver lining to this dark cloud, it’s that life went online, and so I have been able to see so much more art online than I would have normally.”

Veronica Jackson – Conceptual Visual Artist

If you would like to see more of Veronica Jackson’s work, click here.

For more information on the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Virginia Visual Artist – Emergency Relief Fellowship program, click here.

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