“Inside/Outside Art Show” Highlights Talent of Artists in Prison

A traveling art exhibit called the “Inside/Outside Art Show,” which includes visual, audio, and written work by both free and incarcerated artists, was displayed at StaC Art Gallery in Evansville from May 30 through June 9, 2018.The art was collected by IDOC Watch–a collective of activists inside and outside the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) who exchange emotional, material, and legal support and work to challenge incarceration and the prison industrial complex as a whole. Outside members relay prisoners’ experiences and struggles through social media and events like the art show.

In preparation for the Inside/Outside Art Show, outside members of IDOC Watch collected the artwork by sending fliers to IDOC Watch members and other contacts inside prisons. They received work from artists in prisons throughout Indiana as well as some regional submissions.

The show has already been on display in Bloomington and Indianapolis, IN, too, and IDOC Watch plans to display it in Gary, IN, within the next few months.

The Evansville show was hosted by the group Evansville Letters to Prisoners and included special programming during Haynie’s Corner Arts District’s First Fridays event on June 1. ELTP participants spoke about some of the prisoners who submitted work, read poems from prisoners aloud, and answered questions from attendees. Throughout the 2-week show, a letter writing station was available for art viewers to write to the prisoners whose work was on display.

Most of the pieces from prisoners are for sale, with the money going directly to the prisoner, minus any portion that the prisoner chose to donate to IDOC Watch. The artwork will be available for purchase at the upcoming show in Gary, IN, and afterward through an online store.

Addresses for writing to each of the incarcerated artists are below.



Aubrey Ashby #29999

Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 1111
Carlisle , IN 47838
Skull with bird (pencil on paper)
Person/prison (pencil on paper)
Crying person (pencil on paper)
Person on tracks (pencil on paper)

Angaza Iman Bahar
Jimmy Jones #891782
Miami Correctional Facility
3038 West 850 South
Bunker Hill, IN 46914-9810

Casey Brezik #1154765
Algoa Correctional Center
8501 No More Victims Road
Jefferson City, MO 65101
“Tutu” pencil on paper in collage frame

Jeremy Jones #973754
Miami Correctional Facility
3038 West 850 South
Bunker Hill, IN 46914-9810
“Always Strong” (ink on white handkerchief)
“Hear No Evil” (ink on white handkerchief) 

Charles Hardy #103790
Branchville Correctional Facility
21390 Old State Road 37
Branchville, IN 47514
“Notorious BIG” (ink on paper)
“James Harden” (pencil on paper)
“Earnhardt Jr. and Sr.” (pencil on paper)

Anastazia Schmid #122585
Madison Correctional Facility
800 MSH Bus Stop Drive
Madison, IN 47250
“More Than a Single Drop”
“Tree of Inner Life”

Shaka Shakur #135647
Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 1111
Carlisle , IN 47838
(Shaka had no entries; however, the “Hungry for Justice” collage is in support of him.)

See also:

NUVO, Indy’s Alternative Voice–“May First Friday: Rabble, Harrison Center, Kime Contemporary, and Sugar Space

Vanderburgh Independent Press–“‘Evansville Letters To Prisoners’ Hosts Art Show June 1st

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