In the Gallery and Community Sewing Workshop with Asa Jackson
Join us on Saturday, March 19 at 10AM for an in-person gallery talk with In Spite of Modernism artist, Asa Jackson. Following the talk, Asa will lead a workshop on sewing techniques for tapestries made of collected textiles from the community. If you’d like, bring your own sewing machine and a textile to share with the artist. This program is free and open to the public.
Advance registration is not required.
About the Artist
Asa Jackson is a visual artist, curator, and director based in Hampton Roads, Virginia. As a multidisciplinary artist, Jackson’s work explores the cross section of textile from various countries, peoples, time periods, and personal histories. His works are often anthropological studies, representing the lives of myriad people, their collective and individual stories. By cutting and sewing fabrics together, Jackson metaphorically mixes cultures, time periods, people and places into unified works of art.
After graduating from the Hampton Roads Academy, where he developed a passion for painting and art making, Jackson studied sociology at Boston University. He then moved to New York in 2010, where he was featured in several exhibitions, including a career-defining solo exhibition at the Samuel Owen Gallery in Greenwich, CT. Jackson then opened 670 Gallery in Virginia, leading the gallery as its director from 2014-2017. He has since featured his work in numerous exhibitions, including more recently at 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA. Currently, Jackson is the founder and director of The Contemporary Arts Network (CAN) and CAN Foundation, a not-for-profit arts organization in Newport News, VA, with a focus on artist development, arts education, and public projects. He currently serves as Chair for the Virginia Commission for the Arts and is on the Board of Mid-Atlantic Arts.