Escaping Time: Art From U.S. Prisons
New York, New York
Experience a different view of a life behind bars with Escaping Time: Art From U.S. Prisons, a unique show of artwork created by prisoners. Founded and produced by Anastasia Voron and Mark Thivierge, the show aims to rehabilitate men and women in prison through the use of art.
On view this summer from July 26th through September 25th on Governors Island, the show will include pieces collected from prisons across the country, the majority of which will be on view for the first time. Each piece for purchase includes an accompanying handwritten letter from the artist. The groundbreaking art show highlights the therapeutic properties of art, and calls attention to the struggle many prisoners face when attempting to reintegrate into society after their release.
Last year, the exhibition was staffed by formerly incarcerated volunteers. This year, we would like to offer a stipend. All donations will go towards:
- Production Costs (artwork installation, construction, site cleaning, lights, tools)
- Marketing (flyers, labels, posters, press outreach, website)
- Transportation of artwork
- Staffing costs (includes staffing the exhibition by former prisoners and help with installing the artwork)
The show aims to help the prisoners by building their credibility as artists, giving them a platform on which to build a new career. We hope that this exhibition compels people to consider the humanity behind bars. Please donate anything you can. If you can’t donate, please share this message and video.
For more information, please visit escapingtime.com
Press: Wall Street Journal, Artnet, DNAinfo, The NY Times, Huffington Post, Art News, Getty Images, Voice Project, and more.
With huge thanks to:
Alex Brook Lynn for documenting and creating the promotional video.
Daniel McKnight for filming.
Caroline Bondi for producing the design and marketing materials.
Music: “Khesan Loop” by Fury Young