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Antioch College Hosts ​States of Incarceration

Beginning in March, States of Incarceration, the first national traveling multimedia exhibition and coordinated public dialogue to explore the history and future of mass incarceration in the United States will travel to Ohio to be displayed at the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College. Antioch College Anthropology students partnered with a growing coalition of over 700 university students and formerly incarcerated individuals from 30 communities to create the traveling exhibition, which launched in New York City in April 2016. What are women’s prisons for? How have youth been criminalized? Why are prisons the nation’s mental hospitals? Answers to these questions are can be found at the States of Incarceration exhibition at each of its 22 stops.

Antioch College, the first institution in Ohio to host States of Incarceration, will open the exhibition at the Herndon Gallery on March 29, 2018​, and it will be open to the public through June 2, 2018​. Antioch students and women at Dayton Correctional Institution collaborated to partner with the national project and talk about life sentencing in Ohio. 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.

The States of Incarceration exhibition and web platform in Indiana was created by students at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. 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.

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.

The Herndon Gallery is located in South Hall on the campus of Antioch College, One Morgan Place, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387. The gallery is open weekdays from noon to 5 PM, and Saturdays from 1-4 PM. 


Upcoming Events Associated with States of Incarceration

Thursday, April 12 | 7:00–9:00 PM | Opening Reception & Collaborators Project Talks

Herndon Gallery at Antioch College

  • Performance by Hope Thru Harmony choir, directed by Dr. Catherine Roma.
  • Antioch student research collaborators from Dr. Emily Steinmetz's Critical Prison Studies class present their process, research, and work for the national project.
  • Aimee Wissman, formerly incarcerated artist and WYSO Women's Voices collaborator, will talk about her artwork that draws attention police violence against women (also featured at the Herndon Gallery).
  • Mary Evans, formerly incarcerated and current Antioch student/WYSO Miller Fellow, will talk about the projects and interviews at WYSO.
  • Book packing event, sponsored by Antioch's Books-to-Prisoners Project: send books and zines to incarcerated people across the U.S. in response to their personal letters requesting reading materials. 

Thursday, May 3 | How Much Time is Enough, "Friday Forum: Thursday Special edition"

Coretta Scott King Center at Antioch College

1:00 PM | Parole Panel

  • Join a rich discussion about parole, including academics, representatives from the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, members of the Parole Board, and community members who have experienced parole.

7:00 PM | Screening of Prison Terminal (with Filmmaker)

  • Rose Hardesty will lead a discussion with Edgar Barens, the filmmaker of Prison Terminal after a screening of the film.

May TBD | Antioch College Presents

Herndon Gallery at Antioch College

​Antioch College community members present their original work connected to the States of Incarceration exhibit, including:

  • Luisa Bieri -- performance about Elizabeth (Athens Asylum)
  • Amelia la Plante-Horne -- Incarcerated Motherhood oral history project
  • Odette Chavez-Mayo -- Portraits of Women Serving Life Sentences at DCI
  • Catalina La Mers-Noble -- Parole project

June 1 & 2 | Restorative Justice Symposium

Fri, 1:00–4:00 PM | Restorative Justice as an Alternative to Incarceration
Herndon Gallery at Antioch College

Fri, 7:30–9:00 PM | Restorative Justice Presentations
John Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton St, Yellow Springs

  • Healing practice with domestic and sexual violence survivors

Sat, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM |  Restorative Justice Conference*
Wellness Center at Antioch College

  • Trainings in circle practices, facilitation, and deppening healing
  • *Registration required
  • Questions? Contact Jennifer Berman 

June 2 | 7:00–9:00 PM | Closing Reception

Herndon Gallery at Antioch College