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Phyllis Kornfield at the 2013 Community Partners in Action Prison Arts Program Annual Show, showcasing the work of her student, artist Larry White. (Photo by CPA/ cpa-ct.org.)

Norwich University School of Architecture + Art Presents Artist Phyllis Kornfeld

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University School of Architecture + Art Lecture Series welcomes artist Phyllis Kornfeld, who will present her artwork as well as her work entitled “Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America” on Friday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. in Mack Hall Auditorium.

This event is free and open to the public.

Kornfeld discovered her talent for art at a young age and was continuously encouraged to pursue art by friends and family. She attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and focused on Art Education. Kornfeld taught art in a variety of settings, ranging from grade school to junior college, and teaching community art classes.

It wasn’t until 1983 that Kornfeld found her true calling after applying to teach art to prisoners. She was hired to teach at three Oklahoma state penitentiaries, and quickly recognized the talent these prisoners harbored. They used unconventional ways to create and imagine and did so with limited supplies and art education. To encourage this raw form of art they produced, Kornfeld would teach in unconventional ways. She found that teaching ideas such as composition and color theory would stand in the way of the artistic expression inmates could produce naturally and with great creative force.

Inspired after teaching in prisons for 14 years, Kornfeld published “Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America” in 1997. From her unique experiences, she discusses the origin of prison art, her encounters with the inmates and the impact that art has had in their lives.

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Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). 

Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

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