Prisoner Newsletters from the WPHP Now on View at the Henry Art Gallery

Prisoner newsletters from the Washington Prison History Project (WPHP) are now on view at the recently re-opened Henry Art Gallery as part of a new exhibit, Illustrating Injustice: The Power of Print. Issues of Through the Looking Glass, The Abolitionist, Red Dragon, and more are exhibited alongside prints by 19th century French lithographer Honore’ Daumier and contemporary American photographer Danny Lyon.

This exhibition highlights the power of printed material to communicate social and systemic injustices…In dialogue alongside…works by Daumier and Lyon, which are part of the Henry’s permanent collection, are prison newsletters from the Washington Prison History Project. These newsletters function as tools of communication that give a voice to individuals incarcerated in institutions across the state, as well as their friends, families, and advocates, providing a way for them to share information, create community, and gather support.

Illustrating Injustice: The Power of Print, organized by Dr. Ann Poulson, Associate Curator of Collections, and Nina Bozicnik, Curator.

UW Bothell Professor Dan Berger (coordinator of the WPHP) and UW Tacoma Professor Emily Thuma contributed scholarship to the exhibit.

Illustrating Injustice will be on view at the Henry through May 9. The Henry’s website has more information, including online events. Please also see the Washington Prison History Project and archive for access to prison newsletters and more.