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: Yoshie Sakai


Yoshie Sakai is a multidisciplinary artist, working in video, installation, performance, and sculpture. Sakai’s work creates an uneasy environment that embodies her love-hate relationship with consumerism and pop culture and how they simultaneously perpetuate both ecstasy and extreme anxiety in quotidian life. In her videos, she is a colorful and subtly transgressive undercover cultural agent exposing the absurdities of a manipulative social structure while at the same time humorously struggling and reveling in it as a participant, negotiating contemporary social issues of cultural identity, gender roles, and familial and personal relationships. She induces intimate situations between her created personalities and the audience via her videos and installations that are pushed to exaggerated and imaginative levels. Her work infiltrates the psychological space of the viewer, giving form to a sort of vulnerability – a nervous laughter.

She received her BFA from California State University Long Beach and her MFA from Claremont Graduate University. She attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, ACRE and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and received the 2012 California Community Foundation for Visual Artists Emerging Artist Fellowship. She has shown work throughout the United States in film festivals and art exhibitions at institutions such as the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, California State University Dominguez Hills University Art Gallery, Verge Center for the Arts, Antenna, University of Albany University Art Museum, Chinese American Museum Los Angeles and the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as internationally in Cambodia, Canada, Germany, Japan and Korea.

Website: www.yoshiesakai.com

AYP VERGE Artist in Residency Recipient: Ramona Garcia


Ramona Garcia is a paper-mache and visual artist whose work is inspired by her cultural upbringing and Mexican healing traditions, particularly folk art & paper mache doll-making from her native community of Guanajuato. Her current practice focuses on the craft of creating such dolls with the purpose of facilitating workshops as a form of art therapy.

She graduated from the Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley in 2012 andcurrently resides in Sacramento, California where she shares her passion for this art at cultural community centers and universities across the country. Her mission is to honor these traditions by raising awareness about artisan work, cultural revitalization and bridging together traditional artmaking with practices of art therapy.

Website: www.ramonagarcia.studio

Instagram: @ramonagarciaart