A swirling soundscape of music, storytelling, and tall tales, created by producer Tom Skelly, testifies to the role art plays as a
tool for survival in prison. As the multi-art director of the California Institute for Men in Chino, Skelly is able to collect sounds
that capture the real importance of art in the lives of the incarcerated.
Read excerpts from Tom Skelly's article,
"Blindspot: On the Artistic Culture of the Incarcerated," and see photos from the
Inside Art is a SOUNDPRINT classic produced by Tom Skelly with support from ArtSearch, Arts in Corrections, and the Yellow Spring Institute.
Art Behind Bars
America's leading prison arts program.
Prison Activist Resource Center
Prison news, issues, art and activism.
Prison Art is a non-profit website created to provide an online outlet for the sale of arts and crafts created by inmates.
A gallery of photographs by Chris Cozzone.
Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America
by: Phyllis Kornfeld 1996
Illustrations are accompanied by prisoner anecdotes and quotes to reveal the content, meaning, technique and purpose of prison art forms.
Living in Prison: The Ecology of Survival
by: Hans Toch 1996
A discussion of the mechanisms of survival from behind bars.
Hauling up the Morning: Writings and Art by Political Prisoners in the U.S.
by: Raymond L. Levasseur 1990
Poems, stories and artwork by men and women incarcerated for their political acts.