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Windows On Death Row: Boiling Down the Death Penalty to a Single Frame

An exhibit at the University of Houston-Downtown showcases editorial cartoons about the death penalty and artwork by inmates, some of them on death row. “Windows on Death Row: Art from Inside and Outside the Prison Walls” is on display through July 31.

Race and the Death Penalty
An editorial cartoon about the death penalty from the Houston Chronicle’s Nick Anderson, which is part of the exhibit “Windows on Death Row: Art From Inside and Outside the Prison Walls.”

How do you encapsulate an issue as complex and sensitive as capital punishment into an editorial cartoon or a painting?

A traveling exhibit looks to answer that question at the O’Kane Gallery at the University of Houston-Downtown through July 31, 2017.

Windows on Death Row: Art from Inside and Outside the Prison Walls” features more than 60 pieces of artwork on the subject of the death penalty from political cartoonists and prison inmates on death row. It includes work from Nick Anderson, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Houston Chronicle.

Michael Hagerty recently visited the exhibit to take a look at the artwork and to talk with Dr. Krista Gehring, an assistant criminal justice professor at the University of Houston-Downtown.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He...

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