Annette Carlozzi, Curator of American and Contemporary Art at the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin.

Lora Reynolds, owner of Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin. Lora Reynolds Gallery presents contemporary art in all mediums by established and emerging, national and international artists.

Malaquias Montoya, an artist and professor of art at the University of California, Davis. In January 2005, Malaquias brought his own works of art dealing with the death penalty to Austin'’s Julia C. Butridge Gallery at the Dougherty Arts Center, in a show entitled "Premeditated: Meditations on Capital Punishment, Recent Works by Malaquias Montoya". It featured recently created silkscreen images and paintings, and related research dealing with the death penalty and penal institutions. Malaquias believes that artists must be engaged in the social issues of the day, because "through our images we are the creators of culture and it is our responsibility that they are of our times. My work depicts honesty and promotes an attitude towards existing reality; a confrontational attitude, one of change rather than adaptability - images of our time and for our contemporaries."

 

ARTISTS REFLECT ON THE DEATH PENALTY.