Art Beyond Bars

April 10-30, 2015, Les Idees Gallery, 3rd Floor, Duquesne Union

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Art Beyond Bars

The Art Beyond Bars exhibit features artwork from inmates at the State Correctional Institution--Pittsburgh and is presented and curated by graduate students in the Duquesne University Department of History's Graduate Public History Program. 


See Photos from the Opening and Reception held on April 10, 2015

Photos available on Facebook!

Meet the Student Curators! From L to R: Abigail Kirstein, Aaron O'Data (alumnus), Lauren Van Zandt, Sarina Johnston, Carrie Hadley, and Carl Lew


Mission and Vision Statement

The mission of the Art Beyond Bars project is to provide a unique opportunity for inmates from Pennsylvania State Correctional Institutes, Public History graduate students at Duquesne University, and members of the Greater Pittsburgh community to connect with each other via art and a common humanity. The final outcome of the project is a yearly exhibition of visual artwork and poetry created by inmates that documents their experiences. The goals of Art Beyond Bars are three-fold. First, the project benefits inmates by giving them a rare opportunity to tell their stories, communicate with the outside world (including their families), and receive feedback on their art. Second, Art Beyond Bars exposes guests from diverse communities to previously-hidden talents, new viewpoints, and thought-provoking ideas. Finally, the project allows students the chance to fund, plan, curate, construct, and market the exhibit, and also to interact with the inmates and the Pittsburgh community.


Art Beyond Bars
 Committee and Curators:

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Elaine Parsons

Public History Graduate Students:
Carrie Hadley
Sarina Johnston
Abby Kirstein
Carl Lew
Lauren Van Zandt

Public History Alumnus:
Aaron O'Data



This exhibit was made possible by a grant from
the National Endowment for the Humanities and the generous support of the Dean's Office of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, the Department of History, and the State Correctional Institution--Pittsburgh.