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If your ever wandering around the “big three” Michigan libraries this coming month, you might come across an interesting new set of artistic additions. The Penny Stamps School of Art and Design is hosting an exhibition curated by Dean Guna Nadarajan displayed across the Shapiro Undergraduate Library, Hatcher Graduate Library, and the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library in the Duderstadt.  The exhibition will feature a number of site-specific installations, performances, interventions, and events done by Stamps students and staff.


All of the related events are completely free. For more information and the event specifics please check out the link here  The vast majority of events are still on the horizon.  Of particular note the opening reception will be Wednesday, March 27, 5:30-7:30 PM.


The pieces will on display March 26th to May 26th. As the pieces are completely open and free to the public make sure to spice up your next study break by visiting one, or several of the installations.




Every year for nearly two decades, the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) holds an exhibition of artwork by Michigan Prisoners. The gallery features paintings, drawings, sculptures, collages, and more by incarcerated men and women across the state. Whether or not these artists have participated in PCAP creative workshops, they are eligible to submit their creations to be hung in the show. The curation process is very extensive; it involves trips across the Mitten to all of the correctional facilities where artists are incarcerated. After reviewing and collecting work for the show, PCAP members organize the gallery, hanging the art in honor of the voices who created such striking beauty.

The pieces are absolutely breathtaking. From past years, I recall images of anguish, longing, joy, desire, remorse, and forgiveness; of families torn apart, of the struggle to move forward, and of troubles forgetting the unforgettable. The artwork is so skillfully created that the technicality alone is impressive. But the images are powerful and memorable. They will move you in unforgettable ways.

In addition to the visual art show, PCAP will host several other events throughout the duration of the exhibit. These include a Keynote Address by Hasan Davis in The League, a discussion about incarcerated youth with juvenile correctional facility staff, a reading and release party of the Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing, and panels featuring both the artists and the family members of those who are still incarcerated. These discussions, events, and forums are most important for bearing witness to the experiences of those who are imprisoned. For more details on all of the events listed above, click here.

The art exhibit runs from March 19th to April 3rd, 2013. An opening reception will be held in the Duderstadt Center Gallery on North Campus at 5:30 pm. Thereafter, gallery hours will be 10:00am to 7:00 pm. See you there!