Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Nation’s largest prisoner art exhibit addresses global climate crisis

Incarcerated people who are cut off from the natural landscape have depicted through their art, in poignant and innovative ways, the widespread poisoning and consumption of the Earth’s natural resources. The artwork of the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) gives voice to these observations.

The 14th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners, on display March 24-April 8 at the Duderstadt Center Gallery, will include more than 300 works of art by over 200 artists. (Courtesy Prison Creative Arts Project)

The 14th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners, curated by professors Buzz Alexander, Janie Paul and Jason Wright, exhibits work from more than 40 prisons throughout the state. It will be on display March 24-April 8 at the Duderstadt Center Gallery on North Campus. An opening reception is planned from 5:30-8 p.m. March 24 in the gallery.

In the past decade, this nationally recognized show has grown to be the largest exhibition of prisoner art in the country. This year’s exhibition will include more than 300 works of art by more than 200 artists, shedding light on the talents to be found behind prison walls and encouraging the public to take a second look.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, also will feature keynote speeches from authors William Ayers and Joey Bathanti, and poster artist/political activist Malaquias Montoya, in addition to a panel discussion on women and children inside prison with journalist Silja Talvi and Executive Director of Our Children’s Place Melissa Radcliff.

For more information go to www.prisonarts.org.