Maya Jackson, born and raised in Richmond, VA, is a recent graduate from VCUarts with a BFA in Photography and Film. Her work focuses on challenging photography as documentation, “truthful” imagery, and introspection through self portraiture as a form of meditation. An active participant in the local arts community, she is currently a volunteer, mentor, and member of the auction and exhibition committees at Oakwood Arts, a nonprofit whose goal is to make art and careers in creative industries accessible to everyone. In the summer of 2018, Maya completed an artist residency at the GlogauAIR studios in Berlin, Germany, followed by an exhibition entitled Sixty-Seven. Most recently, her work appeared in the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, in a group exhibition titled The Art of Freedom, where local Virginia artists responded to a call of what freedom means to them.