Prison Creative Arts Project exhibit, sale and storytelling at Silver Maples


Title of the exhibition: Shared humanity

Date: July 30 – August 31, 2022

When: Every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Gallery 100 at 100 Silver Maples Dr, Chelsea, MI 48118

Further information:

The description: From Saturday 30 July, the exhibition Shared Humanity will be presented at the Silver Maples in Chelsea from the private collection of the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP). The work is on sale and will be exhibited in the 100 Gallery until August 31, 2022.

According to Sarah Unrath, curator and coordinator of artistic programming at PCAP, “The exhibition is designed to connect the viewer to the artist through the wide range of their human experiences. We all have dreams, memories, goals and pasts. We all process the emotions of anger, joy, grief, and longing. We have specially selected works that show a culmination of how artists in prison have dealt with the complex realities of being human.

Merko, Fountain of Love, 2017

PCAP’s curatorial staff worked closely with formerly incarcerated artists and the Silver Maples team to select works that would fit the theme of this exhibit and appeal to a wider audience. Visitors will see works by familiar artists including Andy Wynkoop, An ArtsyGuy, RIK, Roger (Free-Hand) Stephenson and many more.

“This exhibit centralizes intersecting themes and multi-faceted layers of what it means to be human. Our hope is to challenge the lens through which the exhibition audience views people in prison. Emerging from a season that has drained us of human connection, this exhibition presents a unique opportunity to engage in powerful dialogue inspired by the art of Shared Humanity,” said Unrath.

The 100 Gallery is open Monday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Sales will take place in person on Saturday, August 6, with other telephone sales appointments available.

MZ, Untitled, 2021

Telephone sales appointment:

Special event: Storytelling and musical performances

When: Saturday August 6, 2022 at 2 p.m.

Where: Maples Room at 100 Silver Maples Dr, Chelsea, MI 48118

The description: In this hour, we look at the lives of artists who have created work in the most difficult of circumstances: prison. Learn first-hand about their lived experiences and the impact of creating art on their time behind the walls. Organized by the Prison Creative Arts Project. In-person art sales will be available before and after the event.

Car park: Parking is available near the main entrance. Please sign in and protect yourself in the entrance.

I-CON, Go out, 2021

Laura J. Boyer