Maine State Prison art exhibit ‘From Behind the Wall 2.0’ at UMaine Hutchinson Center through Aug. 30

Painting cow and fence
Painting of a cow and fence

Paintings, fine furniture and sculpture, including a life-size carving of a golden eagle, created by inmates of the Maine State Prison in Warren are featured in the exhibit “From Behind the Wall 2.0.”

The exhibit is supported by The Art Loft of Rockland, a nonprofit community art center.

Maine State Prison warden Matt Magnusson spoke to the importance of the prison’s art programs to the nearly 40 people attending opening night June 4. Camden artist Dan Daly has taught and mentored painters at the Maine State Prison for more than two years. Brian Reid organized a community outreach program to teach fine furniture construction in the Maine State Prison industries program.

Anonymous artist statements accompany the works in the exhibit. A reception book captures encouraging comments from the public to be shared with the inmates after the show closes. Early comments focused on the artists’ thought-provoking themes, depth of emotion and skill. Exhibit patrons also wrote to thank the artists for sharing their beautiful works of art.

“From Behind the Wall 2.0” is open for viewing during normal business hours in the H. Allen and Sally Fernald Art Gallery.