Published October 17, 2022

Veronica Jackson had over three decades of experience as an architect and exhibit designer when she decided it was time for a change. She closed up her Washington, D.C.-based design firm and moved to San Francisco to study visual studies at California College of the Arts.

Once there, she says, “I had the tools to look at my life, my being as a Black woman, and take those materials and turn them into something.”

Now based in Central Virginia, Jackson is a visual artist with a burgeoning printmaking practice and a reputation on the rise.

As a member artist at our Virginia Center for the Book’s book arts studio, Jackson letterpress-printed 813 timecards using blue ink on black paper for her piece “That’s Pop’s Money.” The desired effect—barely legible content—represents her grandmother’s barely acknowledged, devalued labor.

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