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Drury University Hosting Prisoners' Art Exhibit

An art exhibit is coming to Drury University this week and the artists are a little unusual. They are American prisoners. KSMU's Jana Greer has more.

As a part of Drury University's convocation theme Hope and Action, it is bringing an art exhibit to Springfield. The display is a part of Phyllis Kornfeld's exhibit "I Too Can Create: Art from American Prisoners". She has been teaching art programs in prisons for 22 years and takes her exhibit across the country to showcase the prisoner's talent. Michael Hill is a professor at Drury University and is the Director of this year's convocation. He says that it is important to remember the prisoners and embrace their talents.

The prisoners' art consists of three main categories, tattoo art, fantasy art and art about being in jail. The theme Hope and Action addresses the social and environmental issues that challenge people on a daily basis. Hill says that the prisoners' art work is a good example of hope and action.

The exhibit of prison art will be on display at Drury University in the Pool Art Center Gallery from October 5th through October 30th. The exhibit curator, Phyllis Kornfeld will be speaking about the pieces on Thursday at 11am and will be giving a tour of the exhibit on Friday at 6pm.