Inmate Art on Display through April 12 at Brush Art Gallery
The most recent art exhibit at St. Lawrence University’s Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, “Cellblock Visions,” will display through April 12 the artwork of incarcerated individuals.
Curated by Phyllis Kornfield, “Cellblock Visions” is a lively collection of inmate artwork, created by men and women behind bars from county jails to death-row prisons. Having no previous training, inmates turn to art for a sense of self-respect, respect for and from others, and as a way to find peace, according to Kornfield.
“Creativity in the arts stimulates a person’s better nature, generating self-respect and respect for others,” Kornfield said. “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.”
Kornfield will deliver a lecture on at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in Griffiths Arts Center 123. There will also be a student symposium at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the gallery. For more information on the exhibit, visit www.cellblockvisions.com.
Some of the works being displayed in the Brush Art Gallery hallway include:
- “Photo Requests from Solitary"
- “Milk Not Jails”
- Drawings by Five Mualimm-ak, a former inmate and now prison reform activist.
Mualimm-ak will deliver a lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, in Griffiths Arts Center 123.
St. Lawrence students Savannah Crowley ’14 of Cherry Valley, N.Y., and Rebecca Clayman ’17 of Brooklyn, N.Y., will assist Catherine Tedford, director of the Brush Art Gallery, with the shows.
For more information, visit the Brush Art Gallery at www.stlawu.edu/gallery.