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Prison Art Show Depicts the Rehabilitative Effect of Art

News-04/20/2011-02:29 PM

“I am Not a Number” Prison Art Show
May 2 – 12, 9 am – 4 pm daily
Opening Reception May 2 at 5:30

See artwork created by prisoners, hear their stories & discover the role art plays in rehabilitation.

Prison Art Show Depicts the Rehabilitative Effect of Art

“I am Not a Number” is the title of the upcoming exhibit at the Grand Marais Art Colony which features art created by inmates at the Stillwater Correctional Facility. The intention of this show is to give viewers an opportunity to discover the role that art plays in rehabilitation while also getting a taste of the human experience of those incarcerated in the prison system.

The Pie Place Restaurant is sponsoring the exhibit which is open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 2 – 12. According to Kathy Rice of the Pie Place, after meeting the art director of the program, Bill Murray, “the Restaurant started contributing supplies to the Stillwater Art Program, encouraging artistic expression of the inmates.” The restaurant staff continued to be inspired by the talented art work emerging from the program and felt the need to share it with others. The Pie Place approached the Grand Marais Art Colony about hosting the show and the exhibit was born. “These men used art as a way to express their raw feelings and emotions. That is the essence of artistic creation and it has transformative powers. I look forward to seeing what they created,” said Amy Demmer, executive director of the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Over the winter the inmates have been actively preparing for the show by creating new pieces and writing artist statements about their work which will hang with a photo of themselves next to their artwork.

Bill Murray will be the featured speaker during the Opening Reception on May 2 at 5:30 p.m. In addition to teaching the Art Program at the Stillwater Correctional Facility, he is a nationally recognized watercolor artist and owns the largest collection of Prison Art Work in the United States. 25% of the exhibit proceeds go to the Restorative Justice Program at the Stillwater Correctional Facility.

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