The work included was created by men and women who are incarcerated and who seek to share their voices and transform their lives through art. The artists also hope to shift the stereotypical image of ‘inmate’ or ‘prisoner’ by showing their common humanity.
Reflective of the collaborative and non-hierarchical spirit of CBA/PAC programming, the exhibition highlights artworks by those participating at all levels of art experience and working in a variety of media. This includes participants in advanced critique classes who have taught themselves formal artistic skills while incarcerated and gained art historical context for their practice as well as those only just emerging in their artistic expression. This exhibition is organized according to five themes that resonate through the work.
Beyond the Blue is co-organized by April Baca and Annie Buckley with exhibition design by Humberto Reynoso.
Artists and Institutional Partners:
All artworks are made by participants in the CBA Prison Arts Collective projects at five California state prisons including: The California Institution for Men (CIM) and the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Chino; California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC) in Lancaster; the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) in Norco; and Ironwood State Prison (ISP) in Blythe.