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






Selected Past Venues

Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York City
Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York City
Webb Gallery, Waxahatchie, Texas
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston
Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center, Rochester, NY
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Oklahoma City University
New York State Coalition Against the Death Penalty, Binghamton, NY
Lehigh University, Lehigh, PA
Bucknell University, Lewiston, PA

Comments From the Public

"We tend to forget that humans who do bad things are still humans with emotions and even remorse. Some of these artists show more passion and truth than any art student could ever do."

"It was a revelation to me what hardship and yet what strange beauty was exhibited."

"This was one of the most affecting shows I have ever been to. The corellation and the CHOICE between creativity and destructiveness is so clearly illustrated. It broke my heart."

"Nothing about this show is contrived. That’s what I am most impressed by."

"When I went to the display of penitentiary art, I was skeptical. I have never believed in special privileges for prisoners - they’re in jail to do time - they shouldn’t be able to enjoy themselves. Why should they be able to take an art class that some regular civilians can’t even afford? I must say, however, that Cellblock Visions has opened my eyes. The art was very impressive. Most of the art had either biblical or sexual overtones. Some depicted freedom and self-examination. The colors were vibrant. I was particularly drawn to the soap carvings. The details were amazing. I slowly started to change my previous opinion. Now I think the prisoners are giving back something positive to society. Perhaps this can be the first step in rehabilitation."

"These so-called dregs of society have some very beautiful and insightful art."

"I saw their personal struggle that, evidently, was scratching to get out. In some I saw the regrets of their actions, while others, I saw their crime. In many of them, I sensed their lonliness and isolation. I saw what has become of a human being by their imprisonment. I saw a lot of emotion, dedication, and even more, I saw their soul."

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