The University Record, February 12, 2001

Art of Michigan prisoners on display

By Nancy L. Kuharevicz

The sixth annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan prisoners is on display through Feb. 21 at the Rackham Galleries. The galleries are open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Friday and 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday.

Curators and volunteers visited more than 30 Michigan prisons to select art for the display. William “Buzz” Alexander, professor of English, and Janie Paul, lecturer in the School of Art and Design, were co-curators of the exhibition, which includes more than 200 artworks from more than 100 artists.

Several special events accompany the showing, including relatives of prisoners talking about the reality of living with the incarceration of loved ones, a discussion of arts programs at Michigan correctional facilities and art workshops.

Joyce Ann Brown, who served nine years in a Texas prison on a charge that was proven to be false, will discuss that experience at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in Rackham Galleries. Copies of her book, Joyce Ann Brown, Justice Denied, will be on sale at the talk.

Terry Kupers, author of Prison Madness, will talk about the psychological effects of incarceration in U.S. prisons at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in Rackham Galleries.

The event is sponsored by the Department of English, the School of Art and Design, the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the Office of the President. For more information, call (734) 764-2393, send e-mail to anadon@umich.edu or visit the Web at www.prisonarts.org.