2021-22 Pollock Gallery Office Space Resident, Miles of Freedom and the annual Miles of Freedom Exhibition, The Arts of Oppression.

Residency period: May 15, 2021 - May 15, 2022
Miles of Freedom will host open office hours Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 am – 3 pm.

The Arts of Oppression Exhibition: September 11 - October 30, 2021

Opening Reception and program:Saturday, September 11, 11a.m – 5p.m.

11:30 a.m.
Introduction to The Arts of Oppression:
Brad Boa, Miles of Freedom Board of Directors
Richard Miles, Miles of Freedom Founder
Marian Brown, Sheriff of Dallas County

11:45 a.m.
Introduction to the Pollock Gallery and Office Space Residency Program:
Sofia Bastidas, Pollock Gallery Director and Curatorial Fellow

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Complimentary lunch provided by award-winning vegan food truck Soulgood

12:30 p.m.
A conversation with individuals impacted by incarceration:
Alma Rios and Silentt, founders of Darkwood Gallery, Seneca KMIR Alma and Wrongfully convicted Jerome Eubanks

1:45 p.m.

Closing remarks:
Michelle George, VP, Community Relations Manager, Texas Capital Bank

Coffee will be provided by Well Grounded Coffee Community











This year marks the sixth annual Arts of Oppression exhibit by Miles of Freedom, whose mission is to equip, empower and employ individuals returning home from prison and provide support and assistance for families and communities impacted by incarceration.

The Arts of Oppression is an exhibit and auction of 180 works by people currently or formerly incarcerated. Proceeds will benefit the featured artists and Miles of Freedom.

“Since the beginning of time, art has served as a medium to connect cultures, communities and causes – Arts of Oppression is our vehicle,” - Richard Miles, founder, president and CEO of Miles of Freedom.


Historically, The Arts of Oppression has been a one-day auction event. This year, the exhibition will span two months and allow visitors to understand the exhibit’s origins and the key stakeholders who have participated.

Miles of Freedom is presenting the show at the Pollock Gallery as part of its yearlong Office Space Residency at the gallery, a one-year incubator program offered by the Pollock to an artist or organization working in the art field on multidisciplinary, community collaborations.

Co-curators of the exhibit are Sofia Bastidas Vivar, Pollock Gallery director, and Aidan Ellis, SMU Curatorial Minds Lab fellow.

The 2021 Arts of Oppression exhibit is an official project of Healing Pieces: Offerings of Art, Expression and Nature, a collaborative multi-year arts and engagement initiative led by SMU Meadows School of the Arts’ Ignite/Arts Dallas program with myriad partner organizations and individuals.

Principal sponsors of the exhibit are Texas Capital Bank and Kinder Injury Law.




Leonard B. Dennis, 2 Doves, Handkershief 14.5 x 14.5 in. Artist represented by Darkwood Gallery.

About Miles of Freedom
Miles of Freedom is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is established to assist individuals, families and communities impacted by incarceration. Multiple factors are affected when we incarcerate one individual, and in order to establish a productive ReEntry we Must begin identifying and assisting each area affected. Miles of Freedom incorporates pre/post release services, community events and youth mentorship. For more information, please visit https://milesoffreedom.org


About Aidan Ellis
Aidan Ellis (she/her) is athird-year student from Austin, TX pursuing majors in Film & Media Studies and English with minors in Human Rights and Art History. She applies her diverse academic interests to examine how the ideation, production, curation, and reception of cultural texts respond and relate to Human Rights topics and issues. She is particularly fascinated by texts as mechanisms for empathy, and she hopes to produce and curate texts in ways that utilize this mechanism to achieve meaningful, cross-cultural understanding.  Aidan serves as an inaugural fellow in the Curatorial Minds Lab, a cohort of current and former SMU students interested in deepening their understanding of the historical development of curatorial practices and the study of contemporary art display theory.


About Healing Pieces
Healing Pieces is specifically interested in how architecture, green space, urban planning and community development can lead to transformation of the city. It seeks to illustrate how Dallas and its communities can enter conversations that encourage understanding and stimulate meaningful change across race, culture, geography, criminal and environmental justice reform and urbanism. For more information, please visit https://healingpieces.art