Join Jeffrey Greene, curator of How Art Changed the Prison and manager of Community Partners In Action Prison Arts Program, for a discussion with former inmates and others involved in Connecticut’s correctional system on the impact of the visual arts for those incarcerated in the State’s prisons.
Following the panel discussion, view the exhibition at the opening reception from 3 to 5 pm.
Jeffrey Greene is an artist, musician, and curator. Besides managing CPA’s Prison Arts Program he has created collaborative arts projects in SROs (Single Room Occupancy residences) for the formerly homeless in New York City, and in Connecticut’s halfway houses with returning inmates. His audio project, Affordable Future, was part of the New Museum’s Festival of Ideas for the New City in 2011. That same year he co-curated the landmark exhibition Transeuphoria, at Umbrella Arts Gallery in Manhattan, focusing on the work of transgender artists. As a musician, he helped lead the band The Butterflies of Love to momentary fame in the UK and currently fronts Famous Problems, a group that has just released its first album on Where It’s At Is Where You Are Records in London.
Sister Jerilyn Hunihan is an Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and works as a Prison Chaplain for the CT Department of Correction. She has been a valuable colleague, collaborator and friend of the Prison Arts Program for the past twelve years.
Danny Killion lives and works as an artist and craftsman in Troy, NY where he owns and manages Weathered Wood, a gallery and showroom for artists, artisans and craftsman. He has become an integral and part of that area’s arts community since his release in 2007 after serving a twelve-year sentence in Federal and Connecticut State Prisons. He was involved with the Prison Arts Program for over a decade and several of his artworks sculptures are included in the present exhibition.
Released in 2014, Ross VonWeingarten is an engineer, inventor, and barn-raiser who operates his own business in eastern Connecticut employing over a dozen people to help bring his ideas into reality. He served over seven years in a Connecticut prison and found the Prison Arts Program half way through his sentence which he credits with saving him from a deep depression. The first two drawings he created with the program are included in the exhibition.
Image: Norberto Martinez, Northern Flicker (cropped)