Sunday, October 05, 2008

Prison Poster Project in Austin

I found the prisoner-produced artwork above via an email notice this morning for a neat looking prisoner art project on exhibition in Austin today:
Sunday, October 5th, at 8 pm there will be a presentation of the Prison Poster Project, a 5 year long process involving contributions of more than 100 people and artists in prisons across the US. the presentation will happen during regular volunteer hours at the Inside Books Project, located at the Rhizome Collective, 300 Allen St. (for more detailed directions, go to

The event is FREE and will be presented by Etta Cetera, from Pittsburgh's Book'Em prison book project, & FED UP!
See the Prison Poster Project's website and examples of the artwork.


Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful project. Are all of these drawings by those in prison?
If so , so much talent wasted by crime. I know in TYC some of the kids are just born with this god given talent. We try to encourage them on all the opportunities that are out there for them with this gift.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for publishing this article. In Fort Worth,we have a great Community-Based Organization named Texas Re-Entry Services. They provide all kinds of services for ex-offenders in this area. Recently, they produced an excellent play written, produced, and acted by ex-felons. The group is called the Miranda Writes Players and this year’s play was titled Trouble. You can read about it at:
It shows just how creative, talented and articulate ex-offenders, like the rest of us, can be. Thanks again...deb

Anonymous said...

As I have been involved in the prison system since 1995, I have found more honorable people, more skills and more abilities in the prison system then I have out in the free world. I have always been a proponent that if the prison system, like the barbers and cosmetologist in there, would seriously enhance and train the incarcerated and then aid them in getting jobs....the prison population would be minimum. These are excellent drawings and should be shown for all to see....especially in the juvenile base industries.

Anonymous said...

Good artwork. Amazing what skills you can develop when you have a lot of time on your hands. As already noted, they could learn so much more if more job skills programs were available.

My eagle-eyed office mate pointed out that the strands of barbed wire in the first picture each have 13 barbs. Conincidence?

Deb said...

12:57: they were all done by those in prison or recently released.

It was a fabulous presentation and an inspiring project. The amount of talent wasting away in a corrupt system is right there before your eyes.

Scott-picked up some goodies for you.