Art Show

21st Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners

March 23 - April 6, 2016
Duderstadt Center Gallery
Sunday-Monday, 12pm-6pm
Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-7pm

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Award Winners and Selected Work from the 21st Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners
Department: Prison Creative Arts Project
Date: 05/06/2016 - 05/28/2016; 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: University of Michigan Detroit Center Gallery, 3663 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201

Origami Handcuff Keys, Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing Vol. 8, Ann Arbor Reading
Department: Prison Creative Arts Project
Date: 05/21/2016; 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: University of Michigan Detroit Center, Ann Arbor Room, 3663 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201

About the Exhibition

PCAP is proud to present the Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners. Since its inception in 1996, this nationally recognized show has grown to be one of the largest exhibitions of prisoner art in the country, featuring more than 500 works of art by over 250 artists.  Despite limited resources, exhibition artists create work in a rich range of styles, mediums and themes.  The exhibition sheds light on the talents found behind prison walls and encourages the public to take a second look, inspiring dialogue and awareness.  As a result of this annual event, the amount of art created in Michigan prisons has increased dramatically, and Michigan prison artists have become national leaders, inspiring others to create art behind bars.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Exhibition hours are 10am-7pm Tuesday through Saturday; 12pm-6pm Sunday and Monday.


How is the art selected?

Exhibition curators (Janie Paul, Sari Adelson, Charlie Michaels) and volunteers travel to over 30 prisons throughout Michigan to select the strongest work from the artists.

Is there a theme?

Each year’s theme is determined by responses to the evaluation PCAP sends to its community of artists. The theme is a topic that artists may address visually, if they so choose.  The theme for 2014 is "Transitions."

How many visitors come to the exhibition?

Visitors return to the show year after year to glimpse art that is remarkable for its beauty, originality, and sheer expressive power.  The 2013 exhibition attracted over 3,000 visitors.

“I believe that your program gives the public a glimpse into the type of things that inspire even the most downtrodden of us all.  When people see our work, for a few moments they forget that this work was done by a felon, but by another human being.  A human being who has the same thoughts, emotions, and inspirations as they do, and for that one moment, a major social and political barrier is shattered.”

— Anonymous artist featured in the exhibition

Maps & Parking Info

The Annual Exhibition of Art is held at:

Duderstadt Center Gallery
University of Michigan North Campus
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Please view the North Campus map for parking locations and bus routes.

Reflections from a Curator