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40 Years of the CPA Prison Arts Program
Community Partners in Action

March 15 - April 28, 2019

Opening Reception:
Friday, March 15, 5:30 p.m.

40 Years of the CPA Prison Arts Program is comprised of drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, documents and artifacts from the CPA’s Permanent Collection that vividly illustrate the work and history of this important project.

For the past four decades, the Prison Arts Program has advocated for art and artists in prison, organized in-prison workshops and an annual show open to anyone incarcerated in Connecticut, maintained a travelling permanent collection, published and distributed a journal of art and writing, and collaborated with other organizations, agencies and individuals. The program works to positively and constructively change the prison environment while encouraging empathy, self discipline, work ethic, self esteem, technical and communication skill development, thoughtfulness, critical thinking and calm. 

Special thanks to Bank of America for its support of the 2018-2019 ArtWalk season.

George Gould, Dream Lover Entrapped, colored pencil on paper, 1994

Beyond Surface
Brian McClear

May 17 - June 29, 2019

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 17, 5:30 p.m.

Beyond Surface presents a sampling from two concurrent projects which challenge the viewer to look beyond the surface, whether considering everyday objects or the people they meet.

"Discards & Discovery" is a series of oil paintings inspired by found objects, where seemingly unrelated objects are paired together to emphasize an unexpected commonality or imply an underlying meaning.

"Ink & Oil" is a series of portraits that explore people of all ages and walks of life that have chosen tattoos as their form of self-expression. These portraits seek to capture a gesture and mood that provide additional insights into the subject’s personality beyond their art. Simply put, they are canvases of people who are themselves canvases.

Special thanks to Bank of America and the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation for their support of the 2018-2019 ArtWalk season.