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Emergence: Art from Inside

Friday, June 7, 2019 at 7:00am to 11:00pm

Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Adell McMillan Galley
1395 University Street, Eugene, OR 97403

Emergence: Art from Inside features work by twenty artists who are incarcerated at the Oregon State Penitentiary and the Oregon State Correctional Institution - both located in Salem, Oregon - as well as youth artists from Serbu Youth Detention Center in Eugene. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Visual Arts Team and the UO Prison Education Program, which provides for-credit UO courses and other academic programming at five adult and youth facilities in Oregon. The UO Prison Education Program was established in 2016, building on ten years of collaboration with the Oregon Department of Corrections to offer Inside-Out courses at Oregon State Penitentiary and the Oregon State Correctional Institution. Some artists represented in the exhibition have taken many classes through the UO's programming inside these institutions, while others have not. The goal of bringing these pieces together to offer the venue for the work and talent of incarcerated artists to emerge into a space of higher education. Likewise, the exhibition aims to offer a glimpse into the common threads and variations emergent across work being created inside, with an opportunity for incarcerated artists to describe what art making means to them. Emergence will be on view throughout Spring term. Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, April 18th from 6-7pm here in the Adell McMillan Gallery.