Based in New Orleans, jackie sumell is a multidisciplinary artist and prison abolitionist inspired most by the lives of everyday people. Her work has been successfully anchored at the intersection of activism, education, and art for over a decade, and it has been exhibited extensively throughout the US and Europe. sumell’s work with Herman Wallace, a prisoner-of-consciousness and member of the “Angola 3,” has positioned her at the forefront of the public campaign to end solitary confinement in the United States. Her practice explores the intersection of social sculpture, mindfulness practices, and prison abolition. She continues to work on “Herman’s House,” “Solitary Gardens,” and several other community generated, advocacy-based projects. Holding a bachelors from the College of Charleston and an MFA from Stanford University, sumell is also the recipient of multiple residencies and fellowships including A Blade of Grass Fellowship, Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, Soros Justice Fellowship, Eyebeam Project Fellowship, and a Schloss Solitude Residency Fellowship, among others.