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September 2015

Prison Obscura Exhibition

September 10, 2015 @ 8:00 am - October 31, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Curated by PRISON PHOTOGRAPHY editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura presents rarely seen vernacular, surveillance, evidentiary, and prisoner-made photographs, shedding light on the prison industrial complex. Why do tax-paying, prison-funding citizens rarely get the chance to see such images? And what roles do these pictures play for those within the system? With stark aesthetic detail and meticulous documentation, Prison Obscura builds the case that Americans must come face to face with these images and imaging technologies both to grasp the cancerous…

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February 2016

Humanize the Numbers Exhibit

February 18, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - April 8, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
by Johnnie Trice

Humanize the Numbers is an exhibition of collaborative photography, completed by a group of men incarcerated at Thumb Correctional Facility (Lapeer, MI) and students at the University of Michigan. The title of the exhibition originated in the workshop at Thumb Correctional Facility, and speaks to the intention of the exhibition to confront the overwhelming numbers of mass incarceration with individual human stories through photographs. Opening Reception Thursday February 18th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm Exhibition runs February 18 to April 8, 2016 [gallery…

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Humanize the Numbers Opening Reception

February 18, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Humanize the Numbers is an exhibition of collaborative photography, completed by a group of men incarcerated at Thumb Correctional Facility (Lapeer, MI) and students at the University of Michigan. The title of the exhibition originated in the workshop at Thumb Correctional Facility, and speaks to the intention of the exhibition to confront the overwhelming numbers of mass incarceration with individual human stories through photographs. Exhibition runs February 18 to April 8, 2016 Residential College Art Gallery in East Quad 701 E.…

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Living Room Series: “A Picture Screen Stands in Solitude”

February 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Square Face

A musical composition performed by Paul Dresher, Nueberg and Davel,  based upon San Quentin inmate Michael Nelson’s essay, originally written for an assignment given by artist Nigel Poor at San Quentin Prison. The evening will present a performance by Dresher and his ensemble, followed by a conversation with artist Nigel Poor, moderated by Stephen Rush, professor UM School of Music and Dance, examining the origins of this remarkable work, and the cross-pollination/collaboration from image to text to musical score and…

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March 2016

Conversations With Pictures From a Drawer

March 14, 2016 @ 8:00 am - March 26, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
University of Michigan School of Social Work,
Triangle Face

This exhibition stages several dialogues between current UM students and formerly incarcerated individuals about the prisoner identification photographs included in Bruce Jackson’s 2009 publication Pictures From a Drawer: Prison and the Art of Portraiture. Taken from an office drawer in Arkansas' Cummins Penitentiary during Jackson's documentary photography work at that facility in 1975, these photographs constitute the return of a repressed archive that compels critical engagements with the likenesses it contains, the lives it captured, and the institutions and technologies…

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By The Light of Other Suns: Making Art in Prison

March 15, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Square Face

Janie Paul is an artist and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design. She moved to Michigan in 1995 to teach at the University of Michigan and began facilitating art workshops in prisons. She worked with Buzz Alexander to develop the Prison Creative Arts Project and in 1996 they organized the first Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners. Since then, she has been the Senior Curator of the yearly exhibitions. For many years, Janie taught Art Workshops in…

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Bearing Light and Time: Prison Photography and the Abject Sentimentality of Incarcerated Motherhood

March 22, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Ruby C. Tapia is Assoiciate Professor of English and Women's Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author American Pietàs: Visions of Race, Death and the Maternal (University of Minnesota, 2011) and co-editor of Interrupted Life: The Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States (University of California, 2010). She collaborated with feminist historian Rickie Solinger on curating a multi-installation art exhibition on the experiences of incarcerated mothers that opened inside the…

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21st Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners

March 23, 2016 @ 10:00 am - April 6, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Duderstadt Center Gallery on University of Michigan’s North Campus, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Triangle Face

Gallery Hours Sunday-Monday 12pm-6pm Tuesday-Saturday 10am-7pm

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From Carceral Crisis to Decarceration: Why we must humanize the numbers

March 29, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Triangle Face

Dr. Heather Ann Thompson is Professor of History at in the Department of Afro-American and African Studies, the Residential College, and the Department of History at the University of Michigan. Thompson writes about the history as well as current crises of mass incarceration for numerous popular and scholarly publications. Her work can be found in the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Atlantic, Salon, and The Huffington Post,  and she has appeared as well on NPR, Sirius Radio, on various television news programs, and in a number of documentaries. Several of Thompson’s…

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Theatre in Prisons Around the World: A Lecture and Interactive Workshop

March 30, 2016 @ 6:30 am - 8:30 pm
Hexagon Face

As improbable as it may seem, theatrical activity has been taking place inside prisons around the world for almost as long as the practice of incarceration has existed. Ashley Lucas will speak about a sampling of the various kinds of theatre practice she has witnessed during her research in prisons in the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand. Her talk will be interspersed with demonstrations of performance games and exercises that have been used…

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April 2016

Family Day at the Exhibition

April 3, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Duderstadt Center Gallery on University of Michigan’s North Campus, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Prison Creative Arts Project celebrates the family and friends of incarcerated artists and writers at our annual Family Day. Events listed below are open to the public. · 11am-12:30pm Artist Panel, Duderstadt Gallery: Artists from previous Prison Creative Arts Project exhibitions share their stories and answer questions about life as a prison artist in this informal panel discussion. · 3-5pm Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing Reading, Art & Architecture Auditorium (2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Room 2104): Hear selections from this…

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Using Art to Disrupt the Criminal Justice System

April 5, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Mark Strandquist, is an artist, activist, and educator who has spent years using art as a vehicle for connecting diverse communities to build empathy and support for social justice movements. At the core of his practice is the belief that those most impacted by a given issue are the experts society needs to listen. He works across disciplines connecting those directly impacted with a multitude of community experts to impact change on personal and policy levels. His projects include from…

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Coming Home Panel

April 5, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Duderstadt Center Gallery on University of Michigan’s North Campus, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Panelists will discuss the challenges, successes and support systems of those who transition from prison into our community.

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Good Neighbor Project: Mentorship through Correspondence

April 6, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Square Face

Ronald D. Simpson-Bey is a Program Associate for the Criminal Justice Program at American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He heads up their restorative justice co- mentorship program, The Good Neighbor Project, designed to shift public discussion and discourse on punishment in Michigan. He is a JustLeadershipUSA fellow,  a group of formerly incarcerated national leaders who are committed to cutting the number of people in prison in the United States in half by 2030. He also works as a…

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Needle, Thread and Fabric: Reflections on Quilting Practices in Girls’ Treatment

April 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Theadra Fleming is a retired Registered nurse. She received her BSN at Mercy College of Detroit, and her MPH at the University of Michigan. The last 14 years of her Nursing career was spent working with adolescent teen mothers at a Detroit Public School. Her interest in quilting was ignited in 1997 with the creation of a table runner. She has always held a holistic view towards health and healing, realizing that emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing impacts physical…

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May 2016

21st Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners, Award Winners and Selected Work

May 6, 2016 @ 8:00 am - May 28, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
University of Michigan Detroit Center Gallery, 3663 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201 United States
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Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing Reading

May 21, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University of Michigan Detroit Center, Ann Arbor Room, 3663 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201 United States
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