The Arts of Oppression

Miles of Freedom
September 2021
11:00 AM CDT
October 2021
05:00 PM CDT

About Our Auction

SMU’s Pollock Gallery and Dallas Nonprofit Miles of Freedom Present The Arts of Oppression, Exhibit and Auction of Works by Current and Formerly Incarcerated People.

The Arts of Oppression, an exhibit and auction of more than 180 works by people currently or formerly in prison, from September 11 through October 30, 2021. Proceeds will benefit the featured artists and Miles of Freedom.

This year is 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.

“Since the beginning of time, art has served as a medium to connect cultures, communities and causes – Arts of Oppression is our vehicle,” said 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.”

About Miles of Freedom

About Miles of Freedom:
Miles of Freedom, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, was founded in 2012 by Richard Miles, a man falsely incarcerated for 15 years for a crime he didn’t commit. Released by the state of Texas in 2009 and fully exonerated in 2012, he established Miles of Freedom to “create a productive bridge of transition for individuals, families and communities impacted by incarceration and to facilitate growth and acceptance.” Miles of Freedom incorporates pre/post-release services, community events and youth mentorship. For more information, visit

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