Silver Lake College exhibit features inmate art

Posted On January 04, 2016

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Silver Lake College invites the community to view its upcoming exhibit, “Loss and Grief: Featuring Drawings from Local Inmates.”

The exhibit runs from Jan. 11 through Feb. 12 at the Lake’s Edge Gallery in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road. Exhibit hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 25. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The incarcerated artists explore the loss of loved ones, home, freedom, memory and self-control in their works.

“Loss is a compelling human experience,” said Dionne Landgraf, Associate Professor of Art at SLC. “In this exhibit, prison inmates share insight into the loss they have experienced through incarceration. This exhibit provides an opportunity for community dialogue and support. The artists demonstrate the power of the arts through use of the pencil as a means of expression.”

Volunteer organizers of the traveling exhibit provided inmates with a few art supplies and encouragee them to share their thoughts and feelings about death, divorce, separation, injury, illness, mental instability, substance abuse, overdose, and suicide.

“The hope is to create community conversation and increase awareness of services addressing the needs of those who are grieving and suffering with loss,” according to the exhibit description.