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Site Unseen: Incarceration
Guest-curated by Sheila Pinkel

Download the Site Unseen Catalog [PDF: 4.4MB].

March 12, 2015 – April 23, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 12, 6 to 9 pm
Panel Discussion: Thursday, March 12, 7 to 8 pm

The art gallery will be closed during Spring Break (from April 6 to April 10, 2015).

Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery (San Fernando Valley) is pleased to present Site Unseen: Incarceration—a group exhibition that deals with the issue of imprisonment. Artworks by incarcerated artists who express their experience from inside the prison walls and by non-incarcerated artists who tackle the American criminal justice system from outside its walls are on display. The works provide a multiplicity of perspectives on the prison experience, a phenomenon that is both intimidating and unfamiliar to the general public.

At a time when over 1% of the U.S. population is incarcerated, images of the prison environment itself and the realities and dilemmas confronting individuals locked up are not visible. Site Unseen: Incarceration gives voice to these individuals who are often regarded as invisible. Most of the incarcerated artists are either in solitary confinement or on death row in a California prison.

Artists include Alyse Emdur, Anthony Friedkin, Los Angeles Poverty Department, Robert V. Montenegro, Jack L. Morris, Brendan Murdock, Sheila Pinkel, Gabriel Ramirez, Gabriel Reyes, Richard Ross, Robert Stockton, Mark Strandquist, Margaret Stratton, and David Earl Williams.

Related Programming is as follows:

  • Panel Discussion: Thursday, March 12, 7 to 8 pm
  • Panel Location: MONARCH HALL IN THE CAMPUS CENTER (campus map)
  • Moderator: Sheila Pinkel, Emerita Professor of Art, Pomona College


  • Margie Ghiz, owner of the Midnight Special Bookstore
  • Robert Jacome, Los Angeles Valley College student
  • Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law & Society, UC Irvine
  • Mary Sutton, member of CURB, LA No More Jails and Critical Resistance

High-resolution images of artworks can be provided upon request.