Kenneth Reams has created sculptures, paintings, drawings, and poetry from solitary confinement for over 27 years. Artist and activist Isabelle Reams, works in many media, including three-dimensional graphic art, textiles, and collage. This online exhibition presents over fifty of their paintings, drawings, and sculptures. First shown in 2014 in Little Rock, Arkansas, these works expose the history of the American prison-industrial complex, contemplating capital punishment and solitary confinement.

Kenneth and Isabelle Reams give an artist talk on September 27 at 3-4:30 p.m. (EDT) to expand on their exhibition “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides.” The artist talk will be moderated by Micah Herskind from #8toAbolition, a police and prison abolition campaign, and will feature additional comments from New Jersey-based sculptor Brandon Ndife. This event is free and open to the public.


Register for the Artist Talk

View the online exhibition beginning Monday, September 21. Both the artist talk and exhibition are free and open to the public.


“Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides” was organized for an online space by Princeton alumni Bhavani Srinivas ’21, Gaby Pollner ’20, and Janette Lu ’20 with Ariane Fong and Princeton Students for Prison Education, Abolition, and Reform (SPEAR). The project is generously sponsored by Princeton University’s Department of Art & Archaeology, the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, and the Pace Center for Civic Service.

Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Students for Prison Education and Reform
  • Department of Art and Archaeology
  • PACE Center for Civic Engagement
  • Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice