EXHIBITIONS AND BOOKS
EXIBITIONS AND BOOKS
Prison Arts Collective (PAC) has presented two exhibitions–“Through The Wall” at CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles, and “Beyond the Blue,” which traveled to seven venues throughout California. Both showcased dozens of paintings, drawings, and handmade objects that were created by participants in PAC programs in California state prisons. PAC also published a book about each of the exhibitions, which include images of artwork and writings from participants, teaching artists, faculty, and correctional staff.
“Beyond the Blue” is a multidisciplinary exhibition including dozens of paintings, drawings, and handmade objects created by participants in the Prison Arts Collective project.
This exhibition travelled from September 2017 to February 2019. The exhibition opened at CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles and traveled to the Garcia Center for the Arts in San Bernardino, CA; Museum of Art & History: Cedar Center for the Arts in Lancaster, CA; College of the Desert, Marks Art Center in Palm Desert, CA; Homegirl Cafe in Los Angeles, CA; the Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery, in Los Angeles, CA; and the State Capitol in Sacramento outside Governor Newsom’s office.
The book based on this exhibition, “Beyond The Blue” was edited by Annie Buckley, designed by Patty Kelly, and published by Shoreline Publishing. It includes over 100 works by artists and writers who are incarcerated along with photographs by Peter Merts of artists participating in PAC programs in the prisons The project disrupts stereotypical or simplistic ideas about people in prison and reflects the diversity of experience and depth of thought and feeling of the artists and writers. The book expands on the exhibition, bolstered by essays, poetry, and reflections by faculty, teaching artists, students, and PAC alumni.
PAC’s first exhibition, “Through The Wall,” was presented at CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles, CA from May 14-29, 2016. This exhibition was inspired by PAC participants who asked that our team display their work in the public with the goal of sharing their voices and shifting negative perceptions of people who are incarcerated. Works including paintings, drawings, and handmade objects were created by PAC participants in three California state prisons. This exhibition was well attended by a wide variety of viewers including curators, gallerists, artists, students, formerly incarcerated individuals, and the families of individuals that are currently incarcerated.
“Through The Wall,” PAC’s first book, was co-edited by Annie Buckley and Matthew McMilon and designed by Julian Rubalcaba. It includes artwork from the exhibition and writings from participants, teaching artists, faculty, and correctional staff.
To read more about these exhibitions and books, and view photos of the artwork, click on the page of each exhibition or book.
“FLUIDITY” JOSEPH PEREA, 2018, PASTEL AND COLORED PENCIL, 10"X18"
FROM “BEYOND THE BLUE” (ARTWORK BY PARTICIPANT IN PROGRAM)
“EARTH'S PORTRAIT” TERCERO, PAINTING, 22"X25" FROM “THROUGH THE WALL” (ARTWORK BY PARTICIPANT IN PROGRAM)