Transformational artwork of incarcerated men and women to be topic of upcoming presentation at Lycoming College

IMAGES PROVIDED Above left and right are pieces created by incarcerated men and women that will be part of a presentation by artist Phyllis Kornfield, who will speak at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Lycoming College about her work with those who create art behind bars.

Artist Phyllis Kornfeld will be sharing insights about her work with incarcerated people during a presentation at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Lycoming College, in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall, the corner of Fourth and Basin streets.

Kornfeld has been working with incarcerated men and women for 33 years in all levels of security around the country.

Her teaching inspires them to create sincere and beautiful art that transforms them as they explore their humanity.

She then shares their artwork with politicians, lawyers, police, educators and citizens in general to prompt a more compassionate view of those in jail.

Kornfeld has lectured at many colleges and universities across the United States including the Pratt Art Institute, Brown University, Georgetown and Washington Universities, Cornell University and at a Harvard conference on the education of prisoners.

She also has presented at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. She is the author of “Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America.”

Her students’ art has been exhibited at Bucknell University, Lehigh University, University of Arkansas, Massachusetts College of Art, Acadia University Art Gallery in Nova Scotia, Brenau University, Antioch College, Oklahoma City University, University of Massachusetts, College of Charleston School of the Arts and the Phyllis Kind Gallery in New York.

The presentation is sponsored by the departments of Art and Criminal Justice-Criminology.


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