TreacyZ_donkeyUnder a Concrete Sky is on view at the Museum through July 23rd, 2021. Ziegler teachers art to prisoners and uses their letters, through the Prisoner Express program, as a part of her medium.

“Compassion, transformation and acceptance are abstract concepts. I hope to find root for these concepts in the metaphor of animals. I discovered the vast fluidity of animal metaphor in teaching art to prisoners. After all, animals have been telling our stories for thousands of years. Crucial to our experience with animals is our ability to suspend moral judgment. Animals exist neither good or bad. Suspending moral judgment clears space for wonderment, and in wonderment primary prejudicial defenses are put aside. It is my hope that the exhibition will be experienced as wonderment for the audience.” – Treacy