Solitary Confinement: Inside, Out. Monday, March 21, 2016 (7-8:30pm)

Urban Justice Center (40 Rector St, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10006) http://art.urbanjustice.org/

Solitary Confinement: Inside, Out, a moderated conversation with thought leaders on mass incarceration and criminal justice at the Urban Justice Center in New York. This event will mark the closing of my social art project Rap Sheet to Resume.  

The discussion features journalist Maurice Chammah (The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Marshall Project), investigative journalist Jennifer Gonnerman (New Yorker; Pulitzer Finalist), safe re-entry advocate Johnny Perez (Urban Justice Center), artist/professor Gregory Sale (Arizona State University), and scholar Patricia J. Williams (Columbia University, The Nation).





Lucas Artists Residency Fellow at Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA.

For the next three summers 2016-2018 Sale will be in site at Mantalvo Arts Center as part of their artist residency program. The Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency Program (LAP) is designed to offer artists from a range of disciplines an environment conducive to individual and collaborative creative practice.




Re-Imagine Re-Entry

In 2015, Gregory became an embedded artist with the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) based in Los Angeles, CA.


Rap Sheet to Resume

Sale and collaborators — UJC’s Safe Re-entry Advocate, Johnny Perez, social worker Susan Goodwillie, and fourteen individuals with histories of incarceration —created a workshop and installation entitled “Rap Sheet to Resume” that explores the notion of "threads" (uniforms, costumes, suits, or dresses) worn while inside prison and the threads project participants envision wearing in the future. The participants collaborating with Sale reflect on their selection of the color green that anchors their site-specific work: individuals incarcerated in New York State commonly wear green uniforms, which many of the workshop participants find ironic, because it correlates to the color of money the state yields from their labor. 

Juxtaposing the work of the “Rap Sheet to Resume” participants who have been given a second chance is a series of artworks Sale co-created with men serving life-without-parole in Pennsylvania. Those men considered their beliefs and regrets, mapped out their life goals, and then wrote their own obituaries as a springboard to producing the “Life is Life” series. 

“America is waking up to how broken the criminal justice system is.” said Sale. “Rap Sheet to Resume creates a safe and open space in which individuals can engage in a creative process, using their own life experiences to re-image themselves, and thereby inspire a broader conversation about successful re-entry into society.”



public lectures, workshops, panels, presentations, residencies


Rap Sheet to Resume: Art and Social Change for Law, Media and Public Policy taught by Professor Patricia Williams and artist Bradley McCallum, Columbia Law School, Columbia University, New York, NY


Rap Sheet to Resume: Art and Social Change for Integrative Studio/Seminar taught by Marisa Jahn, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY

Negotiating a Space Between Art and Social Justice, MFA Public Practice, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA 

DIY Education Experiments: Artist-Run Education or Education as Art? Part II, Panel Presenter, with artists and artist collectives including: Michael Mandiberg (moderator), BFAMFAPhd, Beverly Naidus, Hallie Scott, and Joanna Spitzner, College Art Association Annual Conference in conjunction with the Graduate Center, New York, NY


SPArt (Social Practice Art) Grant, for The Renewal Project: Art, Policy, and Perception to serve as an official artist affiliate, Nomination/Award, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Los Angeles, CA.


Artist-in-Residence and Artwork Commission, Urban Justice Center, New York, NY


Herberger Institute Creative Research Project Grant, ArizonaState University, Tempe, AZ



Art Matters Grant, for work with the re-entry community, Nomination/Award, Art Matters Foundation, New York, NY


Creative Capital Grant in Emerging Fields, for an upcoming project, a consideration of mass de-incarceration, Creative Capital Foundation, New York, NY







It's not just black and white

It's not just black and white, a social art project comprising part of the Social Studies series, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona, February-May 2011. The project will provide a context for the consideration of civic justice, Arizona’s penal systems, and an examination of punishment as a complex social system. The series is supported by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation. Please see the ASU Art Museum website for more information. http://www.asuartmuseum.org/social-studies-projects/5/Gregory-Sale-It-s-not-just-black-and-white.html


All is different than imagined but fine

All is different than imagined but fine, solo exhibition with collaborative temporary public art project in conjunction with visiting artist residency at Albion College, Albion, Michigan, October - November 2010. The exhibition will take place in the Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, and the public art project will be installed in downtown Albion, Michigan.



Binkie Bears at Children's Museum of Phoenix

Binkie Bears, museum furniture/installation, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona, Fall 2010.



Group Discussion in LA

public lectures, workshops, panels, presentations

"A Social Experiment: It' not just black and white," ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, Dec 1, 2010

All is different than imagined but fine, Albion College, Albion, MI, November 4, 2010.

Civic Art Program, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles, California, October 1, 2010.

“A Front Lawn, A Hotel Room, A Coffee Cup,” Claremont McKenna College: Public Affairs & Communications, Los Angeles, California, September 30, 2010.

“Unhinged: New Considerations in Public Art,” Public Art Network, Americans for the Arts Summit (co-chair Ellen Driscoll, Rhode Island School of Art and Design), Baltimore, Maryland, June 25, 2010.

“A Front Lawn, A Hotel Room, A Coffee Cup: The Shifting Ground of Public Art,” Art Gallery, Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona, April 5, 2010.

“Site Variations: The Shifting Grounds of Public Art” (with co-chairs Harriet F. Senie, City College, City University of New York; Cher Krause Knight, Emerson College; Janna Eggebeen, University of Toronto; Christian L. Frock, Invisible Venue; and Hanna Iverson, Rutgers University), Public Art Dialogue, College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, February 12, 2010.

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