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Cellblock Visions: Prison Art

For thirty years, Phyllis Kornfeld has been teaching art to men and women incarcerated in facilities around the country from county jail to death row. She is the author of "Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America," published by Princeton University Press. Kornfeld was educated as an artist and a teacher and in 1983 began teaching art in five Oklahoma state penitentiaries. She says she knew on the first day that this would be her life's work.

She writes and lectures about the art of this unique culture and curates exhibitions of the work. Kornfeld advocates for arts programming in prisons based on the conviction that punishment stimulates violence and other destructive behavior whereas engagement in creating art (good art) stimulates the exercise of one's better nature. And this benefits all of us.

Start Date: 10/10/2013 1:00 pm
End Date: 10/10/2013 2:30 pm
Location: Franco Library
Sponsor: Literary Festival
Contact: Sue Guay - Sue.Guay@alvernia.edu
 
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