Mark Strandquist


Mark Strandquist and Courtney Bowles have spent years using art as a vehicle for connecting diverse communities to amplify, celebrate, and power social justice movements. Their projects combine organizing strategies and urgently needed services, with collaborative, poetic, and performative actions that connect diverse and often antagonistic actors (abolitionists, police departments, service providers, and those impacted by the criminal justice system) to not only imagine more just and beautiful worlds, but to try and build them. They have received multiple awards, fellowships, national residencies, and reached wide audiences through The NY Times, NPR, The Guardian, The Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, and VICE. Their work has been exhibited at Project Row Houses, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and galleries across the country. Their work has been seen and engaged by tens of thousands of people through exhibits in legal clinics, parades, church basements, conferences, state legislatures, and many other non-traditional art spaces. They currently direct the People’s Paper Co-op in Philadelphia, PA, the Performing Statistics project in Richmond, VA and In 2017, building on a fellowship from A Blade of Grass, they received the Open Societies Moving Walls grant to expand the ongoing project, The Reentry Think Tank.