Tuesday March 29th

At Golden Auditorium at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY and on Zoom

(register for Zoom event here).


4:30pm-6:00pm Solitary Gardens with jackie sumell.
part of the Art & Art History / Arts and Humanities Lecture series


Solitary Gardens are both a park in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans and several host garden sites across the country where volunteer individuals, groups, and nonprofits facilitate their own exchanges with those condemned to isolation in America’s prisons. The Solitary Gardens is a social sculpture and collaborative project that cultivates conversations around alternatives to incarceration by catalyzing compassion. This project directly and metaphorically asks us to imagine a landscape without prisons.


jackie sumell is a prison abolitionist and multidisciplinary artist inspired by the lives of everyday people, working at the forefront of the public campaign to end isolation in the United States. sumell invites us to imagine a landscape without prisons. She has spent the last 2-decades working directly with incarcerated folx, most notably, her elders Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox. Her work, anchored at the intersection of art, education, permaculture and social practice has been exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has been the recipient of multiple residencies and fellowships including a 2021 Art Matters Fellowship, 2020 Art 4 Justice Fellowship, S.O.U.R.C.E. Fellowship, 2020 Creative Capital Grant, A Blade of Grass Fellowship, MSU’s Critical Race Studies Fellowship, Robert Rauschenberg Artist-as-Activist Fellowship, SorosJustice Fellowship, Eyebeam Project Fellowship and a Schloss Solitude Residency Fellowship. She received a B.S. from the College of Charleston, and M.F.A. from Stanford University.


sumell’s visit is generously supported by the Sylvia Ellins Fund for the Teaching and Learning of Diversity as well as by the Divisions of Arts & Humanities and University Studies, the Clifford Gallery, the Colgate Arts Council, and the Department of Art & Art History.