Jackie Sumell

New Orleans, LA
May 2013–May 2014

Jackie Sumell will launch a new media campaign that exposes the widespread use and abuse of solitary confinement and supports existing advocacy campaigns.

Sumell is a New Orleans-based multidisciplinary artist whose work attempts to connect people in provocative and meaningful ways. In 2006 she published The House That Herman Built, a book documenting her extended collaborative project with Herman Wallace, who has spent more time in solitary confinement than anyone in the history of the U.S. penal system. Her project with Mr. Wallace has been covered widely, and she and Mr. Wallace are the subjects of the feature length documentary, Herman’s House. Sumell’s work has been exhibited regularly throughout the U.S., as well as internationally. She received a BS from the College of Charleston and an MFA from Stanford University.