MN: Bloomington


WHERE: Bloomington Center for the Arts.

WHEN: On view through May 17, 2013 in the Inez Greenberg Gallery.

TITLE: Out of the Abyss: William Murray and the Prison Art Project

BRIEF ABOUT: In 1974, William Murray volunteered to teach art in the maximum security units at Stillwater Prison.  In 1977, he became the first full-time, state-employed art instructor in the country.

“Box of Nightmares”, mixed media assemblage, by William Murray.

“Box of Nightmares”, mixed media assemblage, by William Murray.


     During his 30+ years of teaching, Murray has amassed a large quantity of inmate art and in this exhibition each piece is accompanied by a written explanation about his experience with the artist, including works of Bill’s new work: Assemblages that speak to the brutality of crime and punishment and Bill’s efforts to process the harsh realities that he encountered in his years of teaching inmates.


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