INCARCERATION: Art, Activism & Advocacy exhibit opens in Special Collections and Archives

DePaul Special Collections and Archives is proud to announce the opening of our newest exhibit, INCARCERATION: Art, Activism & Advocacy.  INCARCERATION offers the opportunity to engage with prisoners and activists through their letters, words, and artistic expression.  This exhibit features materials from numerous DePaul collections and prisoner art on loan from Anthony Rayson.  Highlighted activism includes prison reform and abolition efforts by inmates, Sister Helen Prejean’s Ministry Against the Death Penalty, the Catholic peace movement, and Anthony Rayson’s prisoner-authored and –focused zines.  Advocacy endeavors include the San Quentin Drama Group, Companions Journeying Together’s project to connect incarcerated women and their children through literacy, and DePaul University’s current educational initiatives at Cook County Jail and Stateville Prison.

Letter from Elizabeth McAlister to Frida and Jerry, Feb 23, 1977.

INCARCERATION aims to connect with often-marginalized prisoners as individuals within the U.S. criminal justice system.  This exploration touches on subjects such as equality, humanity, and socioeconomics.  Ultimately, the exhibit provides an opportunity to reflect on the topic of incarceration as an issue that affects nearly everyone in society – including taxpayers, prisoners, and those directly affected by crime.

INCARCERATION: Art, Activism & Advocacy is on display through the summer in the John T. Richardson Library, Room 314.  Faculty, student groups, and others who have an interest in programs or instruction related to this exhibit, or to Special Collections and Archives’s materials related to incarceration and social justice are welcome to contact Derek Potts at

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One Reply to “INCARCERATION: Art, Activism & Advocacy exhibit opens in Special Collections and Archives”

  1. Wonderful exhibit to put together. Hope to see it the next time I am on campus. Thanks so much for continuing the great work! Kathryn DeGraff

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