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Herndon Gallery

Herndon Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday
Noon - 5:00 p.m.

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Contact Information:

Jennifer Wenker, MFA
Creative Director


Office: 937.319.0114 ext. 2220 



South Hall - First floor
One Morgan Place
Yellow Springs, OH 45387


The Herndon Gallery is the epicenter of contemporary visual arts programing at Antioch College. By creating and hosting dynamic exhibitions that awaken curiosity and visual engagement with our world, The Herndon Gallery is a both a regional arts destination and an integral curricular asset at Antioch College, with exhibitions and arts programming that are highly-collaborative, interdisciplinary, and fully engaged with important contemporary global issues and ideas.

Programming is organized to facilitate dialogue and to foster connections between current world issues and contemporary art, locally, regionally, and globally through innovatively curated exhibitions, our Artists-in-Residence program, and Arts at Antioch curatorial and programming projects.

Antioch College students have the opportunity to engage in direct experiential learning through the Herndon Gallery Student Assistantship program, where they are directly involved in arts programming, curatorial work, and through directed research for each exhibition as gallery docents. As docents, students make contemporary art relevant and accessible to the public by helping visitors to navigate contemporary art. The Assistantship program offers students paid hands-on collaborative experience in the gallery setting, giving Antioch students the competitive edge when applying for prestigious arts co-ops, and broad-based contemporary arts management skills upon graduation.


States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories

A National Traveling Exhibition and Story Exchange Project Exploring the History and Future of Mass Incarceration in America


On view March 29 to June 2, 2018

States of Incarceration is the first national traveling multimedia exhibition and coordinated public dialogue to explore the history and future of mass incarceration in the United States. Antioch College students and women at Dayton Correctional Institution collaborated to partner with the national project and talk about life sentencing in Ohio. The national project is formed of a growing coalition of over 700 college students and formerly incarcerated individuals from 30 communities to create the traveling exhibition, which launched in New York City in April 2016.

Antioch College, the first States of Incarceration venue in Ohio, hosts the exhibition at the Herndon Gallery March 29 through June 2, 2018. Throughout the exhibition run, a broad range of public discussions, panels, screenings, and interactive dialogues will be organized with partnering justice/social justice organizations to explore the histories, human impacts, policies, and prejudices that have led the United States to our current state of mass incarceration.

States of Incarceration is a project of Humanities Action Lab, a collaboration between Antioch College and 29 others, working with issue-based organizations and public spaces to foster new public dialogue on contested social issues through public humanities projects that explore the diverse local histories and current realities of shared global concerns.

This national arts and humanities project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Humanities, Whiting Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Local funding support was generously provided to Antioch College by Lloyd Family Fund for Peace Studies and World Law in order to support student-faculty research and to bring this exhibition and critical dialogue to the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College.

A series of exhibition related events will be held, with additional programming updates available in the coming weeks:

  • Reception & Collaborators Project Talks | Thursday, April 12 | 7-9 PM, Herndon Gallery | Hope Through Harmony DCI Choir + Cathy Roma, choir to sing “I am” (approx 20). Antioch student research collaborators from Dr. Emily Steinmetz's Critical Prison Studies class to present their process, research and work for the national project (print and web). Aimee Wissman, formerly-incarcerated artist and WYSO Women's Voices collaborator present to talk about her work (Balcony). Mary Evans, formerly-incarcerated and now an Antioch student/WYSO Miller Fellow who has helped curate art (will be present to talk about the projects and interviews at WYSO). Book donations/book packing to meet personal requests of incarcerated people in the Gallery afterward with book drive/packing throughout the exhibition run (Antioch College Prison Justice IG)

  • Friday Forum: Thursday Special edition: Parole Panel | Thursday, May 3 | 1 PM, Coretta Scott King Center | Panel discussion with Angela Bryant, Professor @ OSU, and 2 formerly-incarcerated men who received parole to discuss parole experience

  • Film Screening: Prison Terminal | Thursday, May 3 | 7 PM, Coretta Scott King Center | Screening of Prison Terminal (with Filmmaker) and post-screening discussion led by student Rose Hardesty 

For more information about the exhibit and the collaboration between Antioch College students and women serving life sentences at Dayton Correctional Institution, or to learn how to get involved in the programming and events, please contact Jennifer Wenker, Creative Director, Herndon Gallery, and Dr. Emily Steinmetz, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology.


M - F 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. + Saturdays 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
For more information, contact Jennifer Wenker at or call 937-319-0114. 
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