Juvenile In Justice:
Photographs by Richard Ross

January 25–April 13, 2014
Polk/Wilson Galleries

“This is beautiful photography… Yet to see it as photography is to miss the point. This is sociology, and psychology and criminology and public policy, but it is also about man’s capacity to do evil to his fellow man, or in this case, the children of men.”–––John Fleming, editor, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

On any given day, some 70,000 young people in the United States are in juvenile detention or correctional facilities. California photographer Richard Ross turns his lens on this socially relevant topic. Culled from nearly 1,000 images of juveniles at more than 300 juvenile detention facilities in 31 states, including Kansas, the exhibition will be a sobering trip down the dead-end street that is America’s prison system. Visually it will be as gripping as any art around.

Richard Ross’ works have been exhibited in museums worldwide. He has won Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, and received grants from the National Education Association, Center for Cultural Innovation, and Annie E. Casey Foundation. Currently he is a professor of art at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

“Richard Ross has managed to take very expressive pictures of these very unexpressive places. It’s obvious this … is a labor of love.”–––Ira Glass, host and producer, This American Life, Juvenile in Justice exhibition catalog.

This exhibition courtesy of Richard Ross and www.juvenile-in-justice.com. The Wichita presentation of this exhibition is generously supported by the Kansas Health Foundation; Office of the Vice President and General Counsel, WSU; Keith and Georgia Stevens; Wichita State University; and the City of Wichita.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 7-9 P.M.
OPENING RECEPTION


MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 6 P.M.
WSU Campus Activities Center Theater
POLICYMAKER PANEL:
How Kansas Human Trafficking Legislation Has Changed the Face of Juveniles in Justice

Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm, Moderator and Executive Director, WSU Center for Combating Human Trafficking

Marc Bennett, District Attorney

Timothy H. Henderson, District Court Judge, 18th Judicial District Juvenile Division, Sedgwick County

Derek Schmidt, Kansas Attorney General


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 6 P.M.
ARTIST TALK: Richard Ross
Tempus Fugit


TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 6 P.M.
FILM SCREENING: Kids for Cash


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 6 P.M.
WORKING PANEL DISCUSSION:
Juvie Justice in the 21st Century: The Cost of Confinement

SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 1-3 P.M.
TEEN DAY: Tees for Teens
This program is suitable for pre-teens and teens ages 11–18.

 

Richard Ross, Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center, Caldwell, Idaho, 2, 2010.Richard Ross, Blessed, 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Ross, Southwest Caldwell Idaho Juvenile Detention Center, Caldwell, Idaho, 3, 2010.

 

Richard Ross, Orleans Parish Prison, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1, 2009.Richard Ross, Douglas County Juvenile Center, Lawrence, KS, 1, 2013.

Richard Ross, Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center, Olathe, Kansas, 2, 2013.

Richard Ross, Orientation Training Phase, Youth Offender System, Pueblo, Colorado, 1, 2010.

Richard Ross, Sedgwick County Juvenile Detention Facility, Wichita, Kansas, 1, 2013.Richard Ross, King County Youth Service Center, Seattle, Washington, 1, 2010.

 

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