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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