PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, September 22, 2015

ISOLATED: An exhibition about solitary confinement by Richard Ross

The Isolated exhibit is the most recent component of Richard Ross’ ten-year effort to document the juvenile justice system in the United States. In this show, Ross critiques the pervasive use of solitary confinement with a combination of documentary photographs, audio clips from interviews with incarcerated youth, and a facsimile of an isolation cell.

For more information, please see the Juvenile In Justice project:
Richard Ross - cropped with glasses
About the artist
Richard Ross is a photographer, researcher and professor of art based in Santa Barbara, California. Ross has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, MacArthur and the Center for Cultural Innovation. Ross was awarded both Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships. His most recent work, the - In Justice series, turns a lens on the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them. Two books and traveling exhibitions of the work continue to see great success while Ross collaborates with juvenile justice stakeholders, using the images as a catalyst for change.

IMAGE CREDIT: Richard Ross, E.V., age 17, Archival Inkjet Print, 2015, 38” x 24”

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a panel discussion
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Friday, November 13, 4pm, H202

Freedom4Youth’s mission is to empower youth and build community in the juvenile justice system.

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Ed Inks, January 29-March 25, 2016
In honor of his retirement, the Atkinson Gallery will present a retrospective by sculptor Ed Inks.

Annual Student Exhibition, April 15-May 6, 2016
Each year, the Atkinson Gallery offers SBCC Art students the opportunity to participate in a professionally juried exhibition.


Atkinson Gallery
Humanities Building Room 202
Santa Barbara City College
721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 897-3484

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