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Traction: Art Talk with jackie sumell

jackie sumell, 2019
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 7:00pm
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108
Presented by: 
Institute of the Arts and Sciences

jackie sumell is a multidisciplinary artist and activist whose powerful and poignant socially-engaged art project, Solitary Garden, will be on view at UC Santa Cruz through December 6, 2020. The public is invited to an opening reception on November 5, 5:30-6:45 p.m.

A deep commitment to addressing the abuses of the American criminal justice system drives sumell's art practice, as exemplified by her 11-year collaborative project with the late Herman Wallace, one of the former Angola 3 prisoners. The project, entitled The House That Herman Built is the subject of a critically acclaimed documentary film, Herman's House, which aired on PBS. 

This event is FREE and open to the public.
Parking is available in the Arts Parking Lot ($5, pay at the onsite pay station).​

About jackie sumell
jackie sumell’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe, including at Project Row House, Houston; the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore; Royal College of Art, London; Artist's Space, New York City; Akademie Schloss-Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany; St. Etienne Biennale, France; Alternator Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia; Prospect 1, New Orleans; and ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany. Her residencies and awards include 2017 Blade of Grass-David Rockefeller Fund Joint Fellow in Criminal Justice, 2016 Robert Rauschenberg Artist-As-Activist Fellowship, 2015 Eyebeam Project Fellowship, and 2008 Akademie Solitude Fellowship. An ardent public speaker and prison abolitionist, sumell has lectured in colleges and universities around the U.S. Her work explores the intersection of creative practices, mindfulness studies, social sculpture, and the principles of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense.