"My Escape" by Tim Brownell
In connection to the University’s theme semester on Race, this year’s exhibition gave artists the opportunity to submit work relating to Race. The curators asked artists how they respond to challenges about one’s race, either individually or collectively. The hope is that art that responds to this question will facilitate dialogue where artists and viewers will grapple with the issue and where viewers in the gallery can dialogue with one another in a fruitful and beneficial way.
Exhibition hours: Sunday-Monday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Since its inception in 1996, this nationally recognized show has grown to be the largest exhibition of prisoner art in the country. Despite limited resources, exhibition artists create work in a rich range of styles, mediums and themes. The exhibition sheds light on the talents found behind prison walls and encourages the public to take a second look, inspiring dialogue and awareness. As a result of this annual event, the amount of art created in Michigan prisons has increased dramatically, and Michigan prison artists have become national leaders, inspiring others to create art behind bars.
The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) at the University of Michigan facilitates the opportunity to create original works of art in correctional facilities, juvenile facilities, urban high schools, and communities across the state of Michigan.