Arts Collaborative ~ Cellblock Visions: Set Free in the Penitentiary Lecture
Arts Across The Curriculum
Author - Artist - Teacher of Art to Incarcerated Men and Women
Will be on campus Tuesday, March 25th – Thursday, March 27th
Cellblock Visions: Set Free in the Penitentiary
Tuesday, March 25th at 7:00pm
March 3 – April 12
Richard F. Brush Art Gallery
Prisoners are human beings with the same potential for good as the rest of us. The evidence of this is an art - born in the penitentiary – that challenges stereotypes of inmates. Kornfeld speaks from her personal experience with the artists, their processes, and the prison environment in which the work was created. She quotes men and women in institutions from county jail to death row who are candid and insightful about their lives, their art, and their imprisonment.
Creativity in the arts stimulates a person’s better nature, generating self-respect and respect for others. This art reveals not faceless statistics or raging animals, as inmates are often portrayed, but human beings with the same potential for good and evil as the rest of us, capable of acting out of their highest impulses. They will be in better shape getting out than they were when they went in.
PHYLLIS KORNFELD is the author of Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America, (Princeton), and has been teaching creative drawing to incarcerated people for over 30 years, men and women serving time in institutions from county jail to maximum security to death row. She writes essays and articles, lectures widely, and curates exhibitions of the work. She founded the public project Incarcerated Men and Women Making Art for a Cause.