Our Guest Artist & Scholar program is one of the ways the Prison Arts Collective is truly unique among other Arts in Corrections programs. We invite professional artists and experienced scholars to share their work in our weekly programs at state prisons. Guest artists are selected for their advanced professional training, current and past professional experience, and willingness to give back to the participants. Bringing in professionals from the art world as guest artists, writers, curators, and scholars to share their valuable knowledge with our participants enhances the Prison Arts Collective curriculum tremendously.


For each guest artist, we bring together an audience of participants and ask the guest to share their art and/or a special topic. These events are well attended and popular, giving participants the opportunity to learn from others in the field and gain a first-hand look at a variety of contemporary practices.

We are constantly seeking out new and fresh artists, year after year to share their work and interact with our participants. Without our guest artists our participants would not get to engage with contemporary art.


The following artists and scholars have donated their time and energy to share their work with the incarcerated participants in our program. ​


Photos by Peter Merts

Eve Wood
Jennifer Montenegro
Mariah Connor Armstrong
Nancy Stevens
Katherine Gray
Ray Smith
Keri Marken
Diane Michaeli
Peter Merts
Susan Fitzpatrick
Phung Huynh
Keith Walsh
Keith Varidi
Ella Turenne

About Us

The Prison Arts Collective works to expand access to the transformative power of the arts through collaboration and mutual learning that supports the development of self-expression, reflection, communication, and empathy through providing multidisciplinary arts programming in correctional institutions.

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