Laurie Jo Reynolds
Emerging Fields, 2013
Laurie Jo Reynolds is an artist, policy advocate and researcher who has dedicated two decades of work to addressing negative representations of people in prison. Her work strategically engages with government systems, with the goal of concrete political change. For the past eight years Reynolds has focused on Tamms Correctional Center, the notorious supermax prison in southern Illinois designed for sensory deprivation. In 2007, she collaborated with former and current Tamms prisoners, their families, and other artists to launch Tamms Year Ten, a volunteer grassroots legislative campaign seeking to reform or close the prison. Due in part to their relentless efforts, Tamms supermax was shuttered on January 4th, 2013 by Governor Pat Quinn. As a 2010 Soros Justice Fellow, Reynolds researched and advocated for best practices to stop sexual abuse and reduce crime recidivism. In 2014, she and her cat Leon had a residency at the Museum of Arte Util at the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands.
Awards and Accomplishments
Reynolds is one of the inaugural recipients of A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art.
Reynolds is Unviersity of Illinois at Chicago's School of Art and Art History's new Assistant Professor of Public Arts, Social Justice and Culture
Laurie Jo Reynolds, and her cat Leon, were invited for a two-month residency at the Museum of Arte Util at the Van Abbe Museum in the Netherlands
Reynolds wins Creative Time's Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change
The Honey Bun Comedy Hour
Drawing on the artist’s long-standing work as an advocate for prison reform, The Honey Bun Comedy Hour is an educational ser…
Sep 16 – Dec 13, 2015
Laurie Jo Reynolds in Public Works: Artists' Interventions 1970-Now
Apr 24 – Apr 25, 2015
Three Creative Capital Artists at Art in General Symposium
April 28, 2015
MAP Fund Announces 2015 Grantee Class