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By Ryan Clover-Owens | August 24, 2017

If you’re familiar with our program then you know that we receive hundreds of letters every month from people incarcerated throughout the U.S. I’m not exaggerating… hundreds. In fact, most of these letters include artwork, poetry, essays, journal entries, and other types of expression. Those are the main categories though, and thus they are the…

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Stigmatizing Prisoner Art?

By Prisoner Express | July 1, 2017

In this show, I asked 55 artists, half of whom are incarcerated and half of whom are NOT incarcerated (many Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts alumni) to create a work of art in a 6” circle to be presented anonymously…

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From an Open Door – Treacy Ziegler’s Blog

By Treacy Ziegler | June 16, 2017

Essays exploring art, aesthetics, and questions of freedom in creativity and living. Treacy Ziegler is the coordinator of the Prisoner Express Arts program – and it’s a great honor that we share her blog here on For the past 25 years I have been an artist working in painting, printmaking and, most recently,  sculpture.   For most…

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Prisoner Express Annual Artshow Reception

By Ryan Clover-Owens | April 3, 2017

Click here to see the event on the Durland Alternatives Library website. The annual prisoner art exhibition at Cornell’s Big Red Barn will be presented April 12 through , with a reception on April 12, 7 to 9 pm. The exhibition will display the works of prisoners participating in the art projects of the Prisoner Express.…

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Browse Our Online Archive

By Ryan Clover-Owens | January 1, 2017

The old website didn’t lend itself too well to regular publishing, so we switched to a blog-based format. However, there’s still some gems we haven’t had time to move over. Want to see some of the older prisoner express content? Check out our previous website – which is now In the coming months you’ll see…

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