Clandestine Prison Art Explored in “Art Dialogues” Series on Health and Human Rights from Georgetown Law’s O’Neill Institute

February 21, 2017 —

 "Dialogues On Being Human: The Intersections of Art, Health and Dignity with Artist Jesse Krimes"


Georgetown Law’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law is exploring unique ways to make health and human rights issues more visible and comprehensible to all.

For this first event in its new “Art Dialogues” series exploring the intersection between art and human rights, the Health and Human Rights Initiative at the O’Neill Institute is partnering with Georgetown’s Art Department and its Prison and Justice Initiative to present the work of and host a discussion with artist Jesse Krimes.

The formerly incarcerated visual artist will share and discuss the artwork he created—often secretly—over six years in prison, while serving time for a non-violent drug offense. The program is made possible by support from the Hans von Kantzow Foundation.


Jesse Krimes—Philadelphia-based artist Jesse Krimes holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Millersville University. His work conveys the dehumanizing aspects of incarceration through a compelling body of work produced over six years in prison.

Alicia Ely Yamin—Georgetown Law Visiting Professor and Program Director of the Health and Human Rights Initiative at Georgetown’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.

Marc Howard—Georgetown University Professor of Government and Director of Georgetown’s Prison and Justice Initiative.


Georgetown University Main Campus

Washington, D.C.


Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

5 PM: Exhibition of Purgatory—Spagnuolo Gallery, Walsh Building, 1221 36th Street NW (

6-7 PM: Dialogues On Being Human—Bioethics Library, 102 Healy Hall, 3700 O Street NW 

7-8 PM: Reception—Bioethics Library, Healy Hall


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