Phyllis Kornfeld is an internationally known expert on prison art offers a slide/lecture presenting powerful images and eloquent quotes that reveal this unseen subculture and illuminate the human faces of its inhabitants. For booking information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For students of: Criminal Justice • Sociology • Law and Society • Popular Culture • Psychology • Education •
Art Education • Studio Arts • Art History • Art Therapy
Prisoners are human beings with the same potential for good as the rest of us. The evidence is this art - born in the penitentiary - art 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. They are candid and insightful about their lives, their art, and their imprisonment.
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Lecture - Slide talk - Seminars - Panels
Selected past venues
Northeastern Ass.of Criminal Justice Sciences
New York State Art Teachers Conference
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Museum of American Folk Art
New England Association of Art Therapists
Edward Hopper Art Center
Pratt Art Institute
San Francisco Art Institute
University of Vermont
Parsons School of Social Research
University of Wisconsin
New College of California
California State University
University of Connecticut
Pennsylvania Prison Society
Daniel Claster, Professor of Sociology, Brooklyn College.
"I do what I can to help my students see prison inmates as individuals who aren’t that different from the range of people who aren’t in prison. Kornfeld’s presentation contributed to that purpose to a far greater extent than I can do in the ordinary didactic class situation."
Charles K Edgley, Head, Dept of Sociology ,Oklahoma State University.
"The slide presentation, Cellblock Visions, keeps audiences enthralled with its social conscience, deep commitment to humanitarian ideals and unflagging sense of hope even under the most depressing circumstances imaginable. The art work done by prisoners is simply amazing, and Kornfeld’s ability to weave multiple themes makes her work appeal to a wide variety of disciplines."
David Byrne, "Talking Heads".
" In an America that is in the process of returning to the medieval idea of prison as a place of punishment and revenge, as opposed to places of rehabilitation and healing, here is a tiny ray of hope. Here is art that evidences deep and personal healing and lasting change."
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