Ohio Arts Council Exhibits Prison Art
Back in December I posted a brief article on prisoner art. The indomitable human spirit fascinates me and prison art is amazing. The body may be imprisoned but the mind and spirit can not be confined. Art, besides giving expression to inner self, is therapeutic. Recognizing that great art is not limited to those on the outside, the Ohio Arts Council will be exhibiting the works of incarcerated artists.
The exhibit, entitled “Inside Looking Out: Creative Works by Ohio Prison Inmates” will be on display November 5-December 12, 2015 in the Riffe Gallery in Columbus. Show casing the works of artists from several Ohio correctional facilities. It features “art with unexpected, imaginative recycled materials in addition to conventional media.” Present by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, the OAC’s Riffe Gallery, and the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, this exhibit should be a wonderful educational event for the public. We know what our loved ones can do, but the public only sees the headlines. Here’s their chance to learn that one event should not define a person. All people reflect the multi-faceted image of God.
Columbus isn’t that far from Cleveland. Make a day of it and thank the sponsors for recognizing that just because a person’s incarcerated that doesn’t mean they no longer have something to offer society.
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso