Laurie Jo Reynolds

Policy advocate
Laurie Jo Reynolds, art and art history

Grantee Cohort Spring 2018

Location Illinois

Laurie Jo Reynolds is a policy advocate whose work challenges the demonization, warehousing, and social exclusion of people in the criminal legal system. She has produced bill analyses, communications trainings, conferences, symposiums, performances, listening campaigns, photography projects, and calling cards. She was the organizer of Tamms Year Ten, the grassroots legislative campaign to close the notorious state supermax, which Illinois Governor Pat Quinn shuttered in 2013. She has received fellowships and grants from Open Society Foundations, Creative Capital, Opportunity Agenda, and United States Artists, as well as Creative Time’s Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Through her Art for Justice grant, Laurie Jo designed and implemented a multi-disciplinary, organizing campaign around the collateral consequences of criminal convictions in Illinois, especially the use of conviction registries and exclusion zones.