Thursday, April 1, 2010


This exhibition is organized in conjunction with the CPA Prison Arts Program's Annual Show held at Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford. The Annual Show runs from May 6-28, with a reception on Thursday evening May 6th.

cpa Prison arts program permanent collection.

The Prison Arts Program was initiated in 1978. The Program works within the Connecticut Department of Correction – with inmates, staff, administration, volunteers and contractors – to make a constructive and positive difference in our community. This difference is visible and tangible. Most often, this difference – a change in direction, attitude, possibility, understanding and environment – is witnessed within the world of the prison itself. With the exhibitions and publications produced by the Prison Arts Program during the year, this constructive and positive difference is, in some way, visible to the public. In 1994, the Program established a Permanent Collection of exceptional artworks chosen from each year’s Annual Show. This collection is comprised of works that represent a wide spectrum of inmate’s artistic endeavors, with a specific focus on those created in the rigorous and demanding workshops organized by the Prison Arts Program.

Community Partners in Action is a nonprofit agency created in 1875, which builds community by providing services that promote accountability, dignity and restoration for people affected by the criminal justice system.

This exhibition is made possible through support from:

Auerbach Schiro Foundation, J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Bodenwein Foundation, Concerned Citizens for Humanity, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Connecticut Department of Correction, Ensworth Charitable Trust, Fisher Foundation, Greater Hartford Arts Council, George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, Charles Nelson Robinson Foundation, and many individuals and collaborating organizations.

Thanks to the Chris Durante Framing Studio in Danbury, CT for their assistance with the permanent collection.

CPA Prison Arts Program 110 Bartholomew Avenue, Suite 3010, Hartford, CT 06106

860 722-9450

Jeffrey Greene, Program Manager