Select Works from the 20th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners

May 18, 2015

The summer art exhibition season kicks off in Monts Hall on Friday, May 29 with the show, “Selected Works of the 20th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners.”

The exhibit, which runs through June 26, aims to strengthen the community through creative expression while working with currently and formerly incarcerated adults and youth. Beginning in 1996, this annual exhibition, features artwork by prisoners in the state of Michigan and aims to shed light on talents found behind prison walls.

Curators traveled to 30 prisons throughout the state to select artist work, which is created from materials inmates have bought themselves. Artists whose works are not selected are provided with feedback. Curators aim for an inclusionary exhibit that still maintains quality of craftsmanship. The majority of the work on display is available for sale, with profits going directly to the artist. The first year of the exhibition featured 70 works of art, while this years includes 500 works from over 250 artists.

Sponsored by the LSA Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan, the 20th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners has partnered with the Detroit Center to showcase selections from this larger event.

An opening reception for this exhibition takes places on Friday, May 29 in Monts Hall, from 6-8 p.m. The Detroit Center will also serve as the site of two other related events. On Saturday, June 6, the Detroit Center will host the Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing, Volume 7 Reading, from 3-5 p.m.; and on Thursday, June 11, a Prison Resource Sharing Night will take place in from 7-9 p.m.

The exhibition and all the events are free and open to the public, with exhibit hours from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.