January 5- February 19, 2024

This January, President Lincoln’s Cottage is partnering with Justice Arts Coalition on an exhibit, Prison Reimagined: Presidential Portrait Project featuring artwork by incarcerated artists critiquing the US Justice System.  This project is the creation of journalist Caddell Kivett, one of the editors of Nash News, who is currently incarcerated at the Nash Correctional Institution in North Carolina.

The exhibit features presidential portraits paired with that president’s record on incarceration.  There will also be personal essays, and creative visions of what true justice could look like on display.

Our guided tours conclude with a discussion of the art (see below), and between 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm each day, visitors can enjoy self-exploration of the exhibit.

Purchase tickets for our extended tour HERE!

Purchse tickets for an afternoon art viewing HERE.

Special thanks to Art for Justice Fund for sponsoring the project.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Can I still tour the Cottage? 

A: Yes, Signature Cottage Tours will take place at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm daily. The Signature Cottage tour (1.5 hours) will conclude with an opportunity for self-exploration of the Prison Reimagined Exhibit.

Q: What if I only want to see the Prison Reimagined exhibit without taking a tour of the Cottage? 

A: Visitors can purchase a ticket for self-guided exploration online or onsite. This ticket can be used from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm daily.

Q: Where is the exhibit located? 

A: The exhibit is displayed inside of the Cottage itself. You first must check in at the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center which is located across the road from the Cottage.

Q: Who is Justice Arts Coalition? 

A: Justice Arts Coalition (JAC) unites teaching artists, arts advocates, artists who are or have been incarcerated and their allies, harnessing the transformative power of the arts to reimagine justice. Through the sharing of resources, stories, and learning opportunities, JAC is building a nationwide collective of people who are committed to increasing opportunities for creative expression in carceral settings, amplifying the voices of those most impacted by mass incarceration, and shaping public dialogue around the intersection of the arts and justice. JAC has remained a grassroots project throughout its recent transformation into a national 501c3 nonprofit organization.   Learn more here: https://thejusticeartscoalition.org/about/

Q: How long will this exhibit be at President Lincoln’s Cottage? 

A: The exhibit will be on display from January 5 until February 19, 2024.

Q: How was the art chosen? 

A: The exhibit was curated by the Committee of Incarcerated Writers and Artists (CIAW) whose members all currently live within the carceral system.