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Treacy Ziegler


Treacy Ziegler, an exhibiting artist who has shown her art in Canada and United States, works in the mediums of painting, sculpture and printmaking.  She is the recipient of two Puffin Foundation awards for art in social justice, the Constance Saltonstall grant, Community Art Partnership grants, New Hampshire Percent Grant for the Arts and other awards. Ziegler has had several solo museum exhibitions including the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Cornell University, Ithaca; Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY; Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, California; Massillon Museum, Massillon, Ohio, Erie Art Museum, Erie Pennsylvania.

For the solo exhibitions at the Noyes Art Museum, Erie Art Museum and Massillon Museums, Ziegler created a series of  bronze and paper cast animal sculptures. The paper cast sculptures are created from letters of prisoners. Ziegler is the volunteer art director for the Prisoner Express (affiliated with Cornell University), a distant learning program for prisoners in prisons throughout the United States. Through this project, Ziegler receives about 20,000 prisoner letters annually. 

Ziegler participated in the traveling exhibition, Marking Time, Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, first presented at the MoMA PS1 in New York City. This exhibition traveled to numerous venues over three years. 

Ziegler received a Certificate of Fine Art from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Phila, PA. Prior to studying at PAFA, Ziegler received a MSW from University of Pennsylvania and a BS in mental health from Drexel University, PA

Ziegler is represented by various galleries on the East Coast.

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essays on art and prison

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