Breaking The Boundaries: Panel Of Ex-Inmate Artists

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Date: April 12, 2012 — August 12, 2012
Categories: Exhibitions & Presentations
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Contemplation by Chadrick Tobias, San Quentin Prison Arts Project


Please join us this Saturday for an inspiring excursion to hear first-hand about the transformative experience of art in prison and visit Alcatraz and Prison Arts Project’s “Breaking the Boundaries” exhibition. (Also, please forward this invitation.)


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2012 1:15-2:15 PM


The William James Association and the National Park Service are pleased to invite Alcatraz visitors to a panel of ex-inmate artists on Saturday, December 8 at 1:15 PM in conjunction with the current exhibition, “Breaking the Boundaries: San Quentin Prison Arts Project”, on display in the Alcatraz Cellblock Gallery through January 18, 2013.

The artists will tell the stories of how art helped them turn their lives around, and Steve Emrick, an international ‘hero of compassion’ recognized by the Dalai Lama, will talk about his 20 years working as an artist inside California prisons through California’s former Arts-in-Corrections Program.

The artists will present some of their new work, and talk about the challenges of transitioning from prison back to outside life. They include Ronnie Goodman, SF-based artist; Michael DeVries, who now teaches in outside institutions the fine art book-making skills he learned from Beth Thielen through Arts-in-Corrections; and Rolf Kissman, an extraordinary printmaker now based in Sonoma County.

After the panel, the audience will have a chance to tour the “Breaking the Boundaries” exhibition as well as the rest of the island. To reserve a space on the boat, please visit Tickets are available through this site for an optional donation. Visitors will need to check in at Pier 33 on the Embarcadero with the William James Association at 12:15 for the 12:45 boat. For further information, please contact Carol Newborg, San Quentin Prison Arts Project Program Manager: