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 our state now has the nation’s third largest prison system, with 100,000 people behind bars.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts in association with the Florida Prison Education Project, Illuminating the Darkness: Our Carceral Landscape (UCF Art Gallery, August 27-October 1, 2020) brings together work by artists including Omari Booker, Hank Willis Thomas, Baz Dreisinger, Purvis Young, Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick, Mark Strandquist and Courtney Bowles, Daniel McCarthy Clifford, Jhafis Quintero, Jason Fronczek, Shaun Leonardo, and Maria Gaspar, 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 Opening Reception on Thursday, August 27 from 5-7 p.m. and an Artist Panel on Friday, August 28 at 10 a.m.