Cellblock Visions - prison art in america
prison art in america - Phyllis Kornfield






Cellblock Visions Exhibition

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Cellblock Visions is an exhibition of 55 drawings, paintings, and objects made within the last thirty years by incarcerated men and women in jails and penitentiaries in six states—traditional art forms, prison folk arts, paintings and drawings by un-taught artists creating art for the first time in their adult lives.

These artists tell the truth, without self-consciousness, unfettered by concepts and theory. Serious engagement in creating art stimulates the exercise of a person's better nature. This art makes that powerfully evident.

The exhibition fits well at institutions with programs in sociology, criminal justice, gender and sexuality, art and art education, psychology, American culture, and more.

Alternative exhibitions are possible—shorter lead time and less cost, customized for the venue. Email for fees and scheduling.

Faruq Shabazz “Oneness in Creation Tidings”, mixed media

"I showed the world how evil I can be,
now I want to show the goodness in me."

—Charles Mosby

Christine Temins, Boston Globe.
"The artists of Cellblock Visions are incarcerated so the work has to speak for them. And that it does, with a special urgency. The envelope art is particularly poignant: Envelopes represent communication with the outside, with loved ones. These artists seem separated from the larger world of art, and their work is the stronger and truer for it."

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Cell Block Visions: Prison Art in America
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