Presentation Shows Off Inmate Artwork

BUFFALO, NY – The Canisius College Department of Sociology presents “Cellblock Visions,” a slideshow presentation/lecture by artist Phyllis Cornfield on Wednesday, October 10 from 7:00 p.m. in the Regis Room South of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“Cellblock Visions” is a lively collection of inmate artwork, created behind bars, from county jail to death row. Men and women inmates, who have no previous training, turn to art for a sense of self-worth, an opportunity to vent and a way to find peace.

Kornfield is an internationally known expert on prison art. She will present powerful images and eloquent quotes that reveal this unseen subculture and reveal the human faces of its inhabitants. Previously a K-12 and college art teacher, Kornfield has taught art to prison inmates for nearly three decades. She is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Museum College of Art.

For more information, contact Maureen Kanczak in the Department of Sociology at (716) 888-2746.

One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York.