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Art on Other Web Sites
Orlando Smith: Incarcerated Artist Chronicles Life in San Quentin Prison During Pandemic
Life Cycles Toward Freedom
An on-line exhibit (August - October 2020) featuring wonderful artwork from incarcerated artists complete with bios of each artist, contact information and descriptions of their work.
Flying Kites: A Story of the 2013 California Prison Hunger Strike (Read on-line)
A graphic novel "based on the events of the historic 2013 California prison hunger strike, Flying Kites is a story about resilience, forgiveness, hope, and what it means to find your own voice."
The Long Term
Powerful hand-drawn 13-minute animation developed in an art class at Stateville prison in IL, by artists serving long term sentences. The video uses personal narrative and research to describe the scale and impact of long term sentencing policies.
Artwork from Stateville Art Class
Artwork on long-term sentencing created in a Prison Neighborhood Art Project (PNAP) class taught by Sarah Ross and Damon Locks at Stateville Prison (2017-18).
Issac's Quarterly: Artists who advocate
No other platform brings together the different perspectives of those men and women who are survivors of the United State’s mass incarceration epidemic with the experiences of those family-member-artists of the incarcerated. There is no other platform where those persons lacking a criminal history yet are dedicated to the end of this national crises will be able to convey the message of free expression in the same space with those men and women artist who may never see their physical freedom in this life time.
One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana: photographer Deborah Luster
What is Prison Lectionary?
Prison Lectionary is a virtual space devoted to biblical interpretation by artists and authors incarcerated in jails or prisons in the United States. The purpose of this endeavor is two-fold. First, Prison Lectionary will provide a forum for the voices of prisoners, who are the most authoritative witnesses to the violence of the Prison Industrial Complex. Second, Prison Lectionary will serve as a repository of information for pastors and others as they study the Revised Common Lectionary texts or other Scriptures.
Conversations with the Dead
Photos from Danny Lyons' 1971 book Conversations with the Dead showing prison life in Texas in the late 1960s.
Site Unseen: Incarceration
Curated by Sheila Pinkel. Los Angeles Valley College. Spring 2015. Alyse Emdur, Anthony Friedkin, Los Angeles Poverty Department, Robert V. Montenegro, Jack L. Morris, Brendan Murdock, Sheila Pinkel, Gabriel Ramirez Gabriel Reyes, Richard Ross, Robert Stockton, Mark Strandquist, Margaret Stratton, David Earl Williams
Everyday Life in Incarceration Nation
The Prison Arts Coalition
The Prison Arts Coalition (PAC) is an independent space providing information and resources for people creating art in and around the American prison system.
An excellent compilation of prison photography of many photographers, as well as links to photography blogs, prison art and literature and more.
Kevin "Rashid" Johnson
Gallery of freely usable images by Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson, Minister of Defense, New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter.
Ray Masterson is a nationally renowned, self-taught artist who found inspiration in a pair of socks while in prison. During the first year of his 15 year sentence for drug-related offenses, Ray was angry at the world. With nowhere to turn for help, he ultimately looked up and prayed to God for "all the wrong things." The answer to that prayer came in a moment of inspired clarity - Ray traded some cigarettes for a pair of socks, secured a sewing needle from a prison guard and started stitching his way to redemption.