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Our Guest Artist & Scholar Program is one of the ways Prison Arts Collective is truly unique in comparison to 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.





Some of the many artists that have donated time to Prison Arts Collective include:

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Photos by Peter Merts

  • JP Durand, guitarist

  • Liza Carbé, professional bassist/gutiarist/vocalist

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Eve Wood
  • Artist, writer, poet and art critic.

Jennifer Montenegro
  • Artist, educator, and Yoga instructor

Diane Michaeli
  • Designer, yoga teacher, and Owner of Hummingbird Design

Phung Huynh
  • Artist & Associate Professor of Art at Los Angeles Valley College

Keith Walsh
  • Artist & Professor  at Woodbury University

If you are interested in becoming a guest artist, contact

Katherine Gray
  • Glass artist & Associate Professor at CSUSB

Keith Varidi
  • Artist & Writer

Ella Turenne
  • Actor, Artist, Activist, Educator, and Entrepreneur.

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