AYP Artist in Residence

The purpose of the Ali Youssefi Artist in Residency is to give meaningful support to artists and creatives. This project aims to nurture artists from a diverse range of backgrounds and uplift the work of all artists, with a particular focus on underrepresented perspectives and voices. We welcome all visual artists working with a wide range of mediums. This residency is open to national applicants and  will take place in Sacramento, California, for a period of 3 to 6 months.

AYP WAL Artist in Residency Recipient: Veronica Jackson


Veronica Jackson makes connections between art, architecture, and design as compiled in her multi-decade portfolio in interpretive exhibition and communication design. She honed her conceptual and practical skills by working on culturally significant and historically prominent projects. Examples range from African Voices at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History to Discovering the Civil War at the National Archives and Records Administration.

For the past several years and with the intent of integrating her personal ontology and professional interpretive design disciplines, Jackson has created and developed a multidisciplinary, conceptual visual art practice. Her work stems from the position of a black woman marking space within a landscape that consistently overlooks and devalues her. Jackson’s oeuvre is text-based, autobiographical, and critically elucidates the visualization of gender and race in America, with a special focus on the portrayal, perception, and legacy of black women in popular media both past and present.

Jackson brings a constellation of capabilities to her practice: from communicating to diverse audiences to creating inviting and engaging installations. She is also a dedicated proponent for intellectual accessibility in the visual arts. Jackson holds firm that once exposed to it, art elicits transformation and should be available to anyone who wants to produce it, gaze at it, debate it, or simply live with it.

Website: jacksondesigngroup.com/veronica-jackson

AYP VERGE Artist in Residency Recipient: Maurice Moore


Maurice Moore is currently a doctoral Performance Studies student at the University of California-Davis. He recently completed his Master’s in African American Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the spring of 2018. From 2011 to 2020, he has exhibited work and performed at the International House Davis (I-House) in Davis California, Christina Ray Gallery in Soho New York, the Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh North Carolina, the Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville North Carolina, the Gallery 307 + Orbit Galleries in Georgia Athens, and worked with Rios/Miralda for the Garbage Celebration performance in Madison Wisconsin. The exhibition for his Master’s of Fine Arts thesis at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro was installed at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in May of 2011. In 2012, his first solo show was exhibited at The Center for Visual Artists in Greensboro North Carolina. Throughout his collegiate career he has been awarded residences, fellowships and scholarships at the Penland School of Crafts, Ox-Bow, the Rios/Miralda Garbage Celebration Residency, the Herbert & Virginia H. Howard Scholarship, the Helen Thrush Scholarship, Milo and Virgil’s Fabulous Fund Scholarship, the Advanced Opportunity Fellowship for the College of Letters & Science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the Provost’s Fellowships in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for your first year of study during the 2018-2019 academic year at the University of California-Davis, and the 2019 Margrit Mondavi Graduate Fellowship for the summer of the academic year 2019-2020 at UC Davis Humanities Institute.

Artist Statement:

“Based in my artistic practice, my performances/research explores how Black queer people such as myself have implemented and created a means of survival through Black performance art, creating a mode of active radical resistance. These mode(s) draw upon performative traditions including call and response, improvisation, reading, throwing shade, and African-American Vernacular English (AAVE). My pieces extrapolate theories both from queer of color critique and Black foodways, synthesizing different dialects of an innovative visual language.” -Maurice Moore

Website: maurice-moore-mkx7.squarespace.com