Sean Kelley Keynote at the Museums Challenge Symposium

This event was part of the

2020 Museums Challenge Symposium 

and was presented by

Mellon Intersections Group on Mass Incarceration 

Monday, February 17 at 4:00 pm in Smathers Library 

Sean Kelley has run all public programming at Eastern State Penitentiary since 1995, when he was hired as the organization’s first full-time employee. He produced the site’s award-winning audio tour, now heard by more than a million visitors. He has curated more than 100 site-specific artist installations at the site, and curated the exhibit Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration which won the 2017 Overall Award for Excellence from the American Alliance of Museums. Mr. Kelley visits active prisons and writes critically about museums and social justice.

The Museums Challenge Symposium celebrated the work of museums, Museum Studies, and our communities over the past twenty years. In doing so, this program looked to the future as we work together for a more just and equitable world. For more information and the symposium schedule, click here.

For more information on Sean Kelley and the UF Mellon Intersections Program, click here or contact Prof. Jodi Schorb (