Damon Locks and Sarah Ross will produce an animation and mobile media project that looks at sentencing as a critical pillar of mass incarceration and expands the discourse about the prison reform movement to include people serving long-term sentences.
Locks is a visual artist, vocalist, musician, and deejay. He uses printmaking, ink drawing, screen printing, drum machines, samplers, microphones, and turntables to create visual art and performances about community and the past, present, and future of black life in the United States. Locks has presented his work and performed in Brazil, Japan, Italy, Portugal, and Austria; and also works in the United States with the Center for Urban Pedagogy, Art Reach Chicago, and Free Street Theatre. Locks is a 2016 recipient of the Chicago Artists Coalition MAKER grant and is a 2015 honoree of the Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Charitable Foundation for the Arts. He has studied at the School of Visual arts in New York City and at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, where he received his BFA.
Ross is an artist who uses installation, photo and video to explore the spatial politics of race, gender, and class. Her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Canada, Denmark, and Brazil, among other places. She is the co-founder of the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project, a visual arts and humanities project that connects teaching artists and scholars to people at Illinois’s Stateville Correctional Center. She is currently on faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she has also served as an instructor at Illinois State University and the University of California, Irvine. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and she holds a BFA from East Carolina University and an MFA from University of California, Irvine.