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The Cell and the Sanctuary: Art and Incarceration: November 7, 2014 – February 22, 2015
3rd Floor Art Forum
Overcrowded? Inhumane? Necessary? In a California prison, what does art look like?
See for yourself. Explore the paintings, drawings, sculptures and writing made by incarcerated individuals from prisons around California. These will be alongside installation, audio/video and 2-D works by teachers from their impactful art-in-prisons programs.
The incarcerated artists in this exhibition are on a unique path of self-discovery. They’re exploring arts as a means to become someone who can reconnect with the outside. Evidence suggests that arts-in-prisons programs lower recidivism (returning to prisons) by 27% and reduce disciplinary actions by 75%. They improve relationships between people within the prison as well as with guards and supervisory staff. Inmates exposed to arts programs are more likely to adjust to life outside prison and are less likely to become repeat offenders.
Featured in this exhibition, these teachers, artists and organizations are working together within the prison system to provide a direct link between incarcerated individuals and something larger than their dehumanizing cells. The arts become a vehicle for expression, self-identification and self-direction. If prisons are about transformation of the self, then these artists provide themselves with tools necessary to become someone new: artistic expression.
In collaboration with Barrios Unidos and the William James Association.
Explore the work of currently incarcerated artists as well as their teachers:
Amy M. Ho
Eric “Phil” Phillips
Anthony Marco Ramirez
Adrienne Skye Roberts
Kurt Von Staden
Noah WrightBeth Thielen