Rehabilitation

Arts-in-Corrections showcased at Fresno City Hall

Red, green and blue birds cuddle on a branch.
Colorful birds painted by an inmate at Valley State Prison.

Incarcerated art students show work

By Lt. David Barksdale

Art created by Central Valley students drew over 80 people to Fresno City Hall as part of the monthly ArtHop program. The difference between these artists and most others is they are all incarcerated at five regional state correctional institutions.

The public viewed 68 works of art created by the incarcerated art-class students.

Downtown Fresno and the Tower District are home to over 60 participating artist studios, galleries, museums, and other venues who exhibit artists’ work and host open galleries free to the public the first and third Thursday of each month. Fresno City Hall exhibits are curated by the Fresno Arts Council.  

This is the second year the council has showcased the work created by inmates participating in the Arts in Corrections program made possible by the California Arts Council and CDCR.

Included in this exhibition were 18 works done on paper and canvas, by inmates participating in the painting class taught by Robert Amador at Valley State Prison. The exhibition was displayed the entire month of July.

Bird in tall weeds eats a green fish or bug.
The show at city hall is curated by the Fresno Arts Council so the work was showcased just as any other artist.