The men who take their children to school everyday, run errands for their mothers, make sure to call their sisters, the lives the end of a gun barrel never sees

Artist Statement

“With gun violence escalating in Lancaster County and surrounding areas, I wanted to examine the greater community of men who are falling victim to these shootings. Not all of these men who have been injured or killed were fathers, but my project represents the notion that they were more than just what you—or their shooters—saw at face value. They were people who took their children to school every day, ran errands for their mothers, made sure they called their sisters.

The children in these photographs represent the future and the need for change so that history doesn’t repeat itself. As a community, it’s our responsibility to start an open dialogue with youth now so as they grow, they have people who they trust who can help them overcome the anger and the hurt.

I’m using social media to help bring awareness to my project and the gun violence in Lancaster. I’ve adopted #handsupgunsdown and #stopgunviolence717 as hashtags to help me shed light on this important issue.”

 – Maggie Rudisill


Maggie Rudisill

Exhibit Dates

Friday, July 1 – Through the end of July

Gallery Location & Hours

Coe Gallery
220 North Prince Street
Lancaster, PA 17601

Mon-Fri 10 am – 6 pm

Extended hours on First Fridays 10am-9pm

Artist Bio – Kristin V. Rehder

Maggie Rudisill is a filmmaker and photographer from Lancaster, Pa, who specializes in music videos and documentary photography. She earned a BA in photography from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. Her current projects include a documentary short on a family living in subsidized housing in Coney Island and photography series that sheds light on the recent gun violence in Lancaster County.