Work by incarcerated artists is featured in two exhibits that open this week at U-M Ann Arbor.
The Prison Creative Arts Project's Eighteenth Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners opens March 19 and runs through April 3 at the Duderstadt Center Gallery. The show features over 400 works by prisoners in state correctional facilities throughout Michigan. Events include an opening reception; keynote by Hasan Davis, Kentucky's Fifth Commissioner of Juvenile Justice; and book release parties for the Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing, Volume 5.
The Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Women's Studies Department present Interrupted Life: Incarcerated Mothers in the United States. The exhibit opens March 20 and runs through May 6 in Lane Hall. Interrupted Life features five linked installation pieces examining women's experiences of incarceration alongside contemporary issues of human rights and social justice. The exhibit opens with a lecture by curator Rickie Solinger entitled, "The New Sterilization: Incarceration as Population Policy in the United States."