Alison Cornyn is a multi-disciplinary artist. Her practice includes audio, video, and photography as well as site-specific installations and online documentaries. Cornyn’s work often focuses on the criminal justice system. She studied at Connecticut College (BA), Hunter College (MFA), and New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). She has exhibited internationally and has received several awards including the Peabody, Gracie Allen award for Women in Media, Pew’s Batten Award for Innovation, as well as a Webby for net art. Her work has been supported by Creative Capital, the Brooklyn Arts Council, New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, among others. Alison teaches at the Design for Social Innovation Program at the School of Visual Arts and is Founder/Director of Picture Projects Studio. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
The Sand Portrait series grew out of her participatory Sand Counting Lab installations which began in 2001 when the two-millionth person was incarcerated in the United States.