Artist Talk: Asa Jackson and the IMPACT Arts Residency

Saturday / April 15 / 1:30pm-2:30pm
Join artist Asa Jackson for a conversation with MoCA Arlington curator Blair Murphy and Arlington Cultural Affairs Director Michelle Isabelle-Stark about his practice and work with the IMPACT Arts Residency. Through a partnership between Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington, Arlington Cultural Affairs, and APAH (Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing), the IMPACT Arts Residency engages the diverse residents of two affordable housing communities located on Columbia Pike through a series of workshops and gatherings, resulting in the creation of a new work of art by Jackson. The event takes place in person at MoCA Arlington, admission is free, and registration is not required.
In his practice. Jackson collects textile and fabric materials from individuals and communities and combines those materials together. By cutting and sewing fabrics together, Jackson metaphorically mixes cultures, time periods, people, and places into unified works of art. In the process of collecting the textiles, he also collects stories from the individuals who share their material. 
Through the residency, Jackson is creating a new work using material and stories gathered from community members. The resulting artwork will be on view at MoCA Arlington this summer and will ultimately be installed as a permanent public artwork at one of the participating buildings.


About the artist
Asa Jackson is an American artist, curator, and director based in Virginia. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, including at Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington, Hodges Taylor Gallery (Charlotte, NC), 1708 Gallery (Richmond, VA), and Samuel Owen Gallery (Greenwich, CT), among many other venues. His work is a part of various prominent collections including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Capital One Corporate Collection, and the Hascoe Family Collection.


Jackson founded 670 Gallery in Virginia, leading the gallery as its director from 2014-2017. Jackson is the co-founder and executive director of the CAN Foundation, a not-for-profit arts organization in Newport News, Virginia, with a focus on artist development, arts education, and public projects. He currently serves on the board of the Virginia Commission for the Arts where he acted as chairman for FY 2022.


This program is supported in part by Arlington County through the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing.

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