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

Cellblock Visions - alternative art

Cellblock Visions is a lively collection of inmate artwork, created behind bars, from county jail to death row – the alternative artworld flourishing today in American prisons. Men and women inmates, having no previous training, turn to art for a sense of self-respect, respect for and from others, a way to find peace. They transcend the cramped space, limited light, and narrow vistas. They triumph over security bans with ingenious resourcefulness - extracting color from shampoo, making paint out of M & Ms and sculpture out of toilet paper.


Artwork by Arthur Keigney
Walpole, 1972


Punishment stimulates violence. Creative art stimulates the exercise of one's better nature.

“In my youth, violence became my enemy... Photography, writing, music, and film are the weapons I use against it.”
Gordon Parks, Photographer, musician, writer and film director


Lecture . Slide talk . Seminars . Exhibition

Cellblock Visions - alternative artPhyllis Kornfeld, author, artist, teacher of art to incarcerated men and women for 40 years. She presents powerful artworks and eloquent quotes that reveal this unseen culture and the people who live there. She demonstrates the impact of creating art as a preventive against violence and a catalyst for transformation. Learn more»

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Cell Block Visions: Prison Art in America
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