Ashley Ja'nae is an interdisciplinary teaching and visual artist. She creates imagery centered around belonging, identity, and intimacy through Black people's relationship with our hair, ourselves, and others. Her artistic practice explores drawing, illustration, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, and video art. She facilitates learning experiences for young people to develop a clearer sense of self through artmaking. She received her BFA in Art & Design Education from Pratt Institute and studied at Moore College of Art and Design in their MFA in Socially-Engaged Studio Art program. She's exhibited her work in New York City, Philadelphia, and Europe, among other locations, and is a former member of the D.C. Arts Center Sparkplug collective.