Westconn exhibit challenges viewers to engage

The Western Connecticut State University will present “neither here nor there (or And),” as its 2019 winter exhibition, to be held at the WCSU Visual and Performing Arts Center Art Gallery on the university’s Westside campus in Danbury. The exhibition will run from Jan. 31 through March 3. “The Department of Art decided it was important for us to create … read more

Alejandro Escovedo brings cowpunk to FTC

Alejandro Escovedo has performed professionally since the mid-1970s, when he was a member of the Nuns, a San-Francisco-based punk rock group. He then helped create the cowpunk and alternative country genres with Rank and File and the True Believers in Austin, Texas, before launching his solo career. The son of music-loving Mexican immigrants, two of his brothers played with Santana … read more

Art opening prison doors and minds: Aldrich holds exhibit featuring prison art

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum will present an exhibition, “How Art Changed the Prison — the Work of the CPA Prison Arts Program,” on view Jan. 27 to May 27, exploring how the making of art has changed the lives of people in Connecticut’s prisons. The exhibition’s curator, Jeffrey Greene, an artist and musician himself, has worked with the Prison … read more

Arts access in prison

Not all artists work out of turpentine perfumed studios or cramped apartments. For the artists showing in the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum’s latest exhibit, they created their work while incarcerated. Connecticut has 15 state prisons, one being the Manson Youth Institution for male offenders ages 14-21. According to Connecticut’s Department of Corrections (DOC), the state has closed five other state … read more

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