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Tue, May 02


Coburn Free Library, Owego

Behind the Wall Opening Reception

Join the exhibition organizers for an informal meet-and-greet at the Coburn Free Library in Owego

Behind the Wall Opening Reception
Behind the Wall Opening Reception

Time & Location

May 02, 2023, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Coburn Free Library, Owego, 275 Main St, Owego, NY 13827, USA

About this event

Come welcome “Behind the Wall” to its May home at Coburn Free Library at this informal reception. Light snacks will be served.

Organized by Story House Ithaca, “Behind the Wall” is a traveling exhibition of drawings, paintings, letters, stories, and poems produced by people in prison. It includes 140 works by 90 incarcerated individuals from detention facilities in 22 states. There is a letter-writing station where visitors can send feedback directly to the participating artists.

The artworks and writings in “Behind the Wall” have been collected by Prisoner Express, a project of Durland Alternatives Library at Cornell, and curated by Newfield-based artist Treacy Ziegler. Both Story House Ithaca and Prisoner Express are projects of the Ithaca-based nonprofit Center for Transformative Action.

“Behind the Wall” is supported by an action grant from Humanities New York

The exhibition will be on display in Owego for the entire month of May. It will travel to Cortland Free Library in June. It spent February at the Tompkins County Public Library, March at Seymour Library in Auburn, and April at the Seneca Falls Library.

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