Join us for a moderated gallery talk between Marking Time featured artist Jared Owens and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Exhibitions Content Developer Dr. Jacqueline Hudson. The discussion will focus on Owens' (2) featured works in the exhibition, Ellapsium: master & Helm and Oculus.
About the Artist
Jared Owens is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice focuses on bringing awareness to the plight of nearly 2.5 million people enmeshed in the American carceral state. He is self-taught during more than 18 years of incarceration, working in painting, sculpture and installation, using materials and references culled from penal matter.
Owens’ current and recent exhibitions include Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration at MoMA PS1 in New York (2021); Rendering Justice at the African American Museum of Art in Philadelphia (2021); The O.G. Experience in partnership with HBO and SOZE in Chelsea, NYC (2019); Made in America: Unfree Labor in the Age of Mass Incarceration at Hampshire College, Amhurst, NH; Black Bone: Affrilachian Poets and Visual Artists at Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY (both 2017). In 2020 he received a Right of Return Fellowship from SOZE Agency and in 2019 a Restorative Justice grant from Philadelphia Mural Arts to create a mural with teenagers under court supervision; in 2016-17 he was the recipient of a grant from the Eastern State Penitentiary to produce Sepulture, a large-scale installation. He is a 2021-22 Fellow at Silver Arts Projects.