College to show inmate art

Silver Lake College will feature an art exhibit titled “Loss and Grief: Featuring Drawings from Local Inmates” from Monday, Jan. 11 through Friday, Feb. 12.

The exhibit will be held at Lake’s Edge Gallery, located on campus at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, 2406 S. Alverno Road. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

An opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25.

The exhibit is a volunteer effort in which the incarcerated artists explore the loss of loved ones, home, freedom, memory and self-control.

“Loss is a compelling human experience,” said Dionne Landgraf, associate professor of art at Silver Lake College. “In this exhibit, prison inmates share insight into the loss they have experienced through incarceration. This exhibit provides an opportunity for community dialogue and support. The artists demonstrate the power of the arts through use of the pencil as a means of expression.”

Inmates were asked to share their thoughts and feelings about death, divorce, separation, injury, illness, mental instability, substance abuse, overdose and suicide.

“The hope is to create community conversation and increase awareness of services addressing the needs of those who are grieving and suffering with loss,” according to the exhibit description.

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