Illuminating the Darkness: Our Carceral Landscape

August 27, 2020 - October 1, 2020

Location: UCF Art Gallery

Mass incarceration is among the most crucial issues of our time. Although the United States comprises just 5% of the world’s population, we house more than 25% of its prisoners, and since 1978, the U.S. prison population has increased 408%. Florida’s incarcerated population has risen 1000% over the last 40 years, and Florida now has the nation’s third largest prison system, with nearly 100,000 people behind bars. Since 1980 the number of prisons in the United States has quadrupled, and the American criminal justice system holds more than 2.3 million people. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Illuminating the Darkness: Our Carceral Landscape (UCF Art Gallery, August 27-October 1, 2020) brings together work by artists including Al Black, Omari Booker, Courtney Bowles, Keith Calhoun, Daniel McCarthy Clifford, Baz Dreisinger, Jason Fronczek, Maria Gaspar, Shaun Leonardo, Chandra McCormick, Jhafis Quintero, Paul Rucker,  Mark Strandquist, Hank Willis Thomas, and Purvis Young, as well as work made by incarcerated students enrolled in art classes as part of the Florida Prison Education Project, to shine a light on the ways in which incarceration impacts us all.

Join us for the Virtual Artist Panel with Omari Booker, Chandra McCormick, Keith Calhoun, Danny McCarthy Clifford, and Jhafis Quintero (time and date to be determined).