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
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:
Dr. Elaine Parsons
Public History Graduate Students:
Lauren Van Zandt
Public History Alumnus:
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.