On Site, is a project to develop and exhibit new artwork jointly created by a cohort of incarcerated artists and Twin Cities artists. On Site is a collaboration of Weisman Art Museum (WAM), We Are All Criminals (WAAC), and the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop (MPWW). This project is a continuation of work which began with the SEEN project in spring 2021, initiated by artist Emily Baxter and WAAC in partnership with WAM’s Target Studio for Creative Collaboration. On Site stems from WAM’s longstanding commitment to the subject of art and incarceration, which began with a project by Daniel McCarthy Clifford in 2018.
Through video, poetry, installation and performance, On Site will foster the development and presentation of original artworks by seven incarcerated artists, created over the period of two years in collaboration with seven Twin Cities-based artists. Representing a range of cultural backgrounds (African American, Cambodian, Native American, Hmong) and diverse forms of artistic expression (visual, literary, and performance arts), artists on the “inside” will partner with artists on the “outside” on the basis of creative and personal affinities. Their partnerships will unfold by means afforded by the prison system, including supervised in-person meetings and phone and online communication.
The production of works will take place inside and outside of the prison, in the studios of the city-based collaborators and within the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration at WAM. The two-year residency will culminate in a museum exhibition and related publication. Visitors will be able to engage the work via a concluding exhibition, as well as workshops, artist talks, discussions and open studios. There will be accompanying educational programs for the general public and for University of Minnesota students and faculty developed in collaboration with artists.