U-M’s annual Prisoner Art Show opens tomorrow

For the next two weeks, in the University of Michigan’s North Campus Duderstadt Center Gallery, the folks from the Prison Creative Arts Project will be presenting their 15th annual exhibition of art by Michigan prisoners. This year’s collection includes over 400 pieces, pulled together from dozens of prisons scattered across the State. Having seen the last few exhibitions, I can highly recommend it to any of you in the audience who value art as a means of personal expression. [note: I’m told this year will be a bit different in that there will be a group of themed pieces dealing with the economy.]

For background on the project, and some insight into the controversy surrounding it, I’d recommend that you check out the interview I did a couple of years ago with curator Jason Wright, and the comments left afterward.

The show runs from March 23 – April 7. The gallery is open to the public from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Tuesday – Saturday, and from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Sunday & Monday. The exhibition is free, open to the public, and wheel chair accessible.

A selection of last year’s work, including the piece by Gary English, which you can see here, can be found at the online gallery Swipple.


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  1. Posted March 22, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    I love this show. Go every year. Always fascinating. This year I might have the cash to buy the cookbook.

    Of course, my office is on north campus.

  2. Karl
    Posted March 23, 2010 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Is the cell in the upper right a disco, or is the guy being tormented by demons? I wish I could see better.

  3. Posted March 23, 2010 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Karl: demons.

  4. Edward
    Posted March 23, 2010 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Is the guy on the top left making out with a demon?

  5. Kim
    Posted March 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    I like the tall male ghost with antlers. It’s very Twin Peaks.

    This should be a great show. I’m looking forward to it.

  6. Posted March 23, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    HA I like the idea that he’s got a little disco in there instead…

    Talking to a friend who toured Angola prison in Louisiana today, said they sell t-shirts that say “I live in a gated community”

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