Visions from the Cellblock – Talk with Curator Phyllis Kornfeld

Visions from the Cellblock - Talk with Curator Phyllis KornfeldMarch 22 at 6 p.m. offers a rare glance at artwork produced by prisoners. Curator Phyllis Kornfeld will present a talk at Sellers Gallery, with reception to follow.

Cellblock Visions is a lively collection of inmate artwork, created behind bars, from county jail to death row – the alternative artworld flourishing today in Americas prisions. Men and women inmates, having no previous training, turn to art for a sense of self-worth, an opportunity to vent rage, a way to find peace.

They transcend the cramped space, limited light, and narrow vistas of their prison studios. They triumph over security bans with ingenious resourcefulness – extracting color from shampoo – making paint out of M & Ms – weaving with cigarette wrappers.

Thursday, March 15, 2012