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September 24th, 1998
Inside Out Presents Works By Inmates

Inside Out, an installation of paintings and drawings by inmates participating in an ongoing educational program-now in its fifth consecutive year-- developed by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the State Correctional Institution at Frackville, will be on view in the Museum's Education Corridor on the ground floor from September 1 through October 12, 1998. The exhibition presents 77 works by 23 artists who work in their cells in a variety of media, including watercolor, pastel, graphite, acrylic, ink and colored pencil. Inside Out also showcases the framing, matting and calligraphy skills of other inmates from the maximum-security prison.

Although most of the participating inmates are self-taught artists, many of the works in Inside Out reflect the influence of a program of art-history slide lectures and discussions organized by the Museum's Division of Education and held at Frackville. This year's classes, which were presented by Carol Wisker, the Museum's Coordinator of Programs for Special Audiences, related to the Museum's permanent collections, focussing on the works of Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Thomas Moran, Eduard Charlemont and others. Painting and drawing studio demonstrations devoted to the still-life and the human figure gave inmates the opportunity to experiment with styles and techniques borrowed from historical and contemporary art. The program's participants bring a range of life experiences, including their experience of prison, to the classroom and to their art, although most of them have never been to a museum or gallery. While a number of the inmates can apply skills in tattoo art to their work, for many the classes represent their first contact with art of any kind.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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