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Riverbend Maximum Security Inmates

mixed media
January 16–February 14

Richard Odom Odom, 2011, Odom’s Chairs, mixed media, size variable

Richard Odom, 2011, Odom’s Chairs, mixed media, size variable

Prison Galleries: Imagining Justice from the Inside Out

That wall isn’t there just to keep me in, but to keep you out. —Tyrone W., prisoner and former participant in the Inside Out Prison Exchange

In the spirit of Martin Luther King Day, Sarratt Gallery exhibits outsider art work in conjunction with members of the Vanderbilt University Department of Philosophy and prisoners on death row at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution. The United States incarcerates more of its own citizens than any other country in the world, and we are the only Western democracy to retain the death penalty. In the spirit of dialogue, Sarratt Gallery presents a series of paintings, sketches, and sculptures created by prisoners on death row, many of whom have been participating in a weekly philosophy discussion group. The artwork seeks to convey the prison environment and to explore the possibilities for living, thinking, working, and creating while on death row.

Gallery Reception:
Monday, January 21• 5 p.m.
Reception following to 6:30 p.m.

Presented as a part of Vanderbilt Martin Luther King Day with Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration and the Age of Colorblindness
Monday, January, 21, 7 p.m. in Langford Auditorium.
Funded in part by the Creative Campus Innovation Grant Program