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Inside/Outside: Prison Narratives
Curated by Misty Burruel & Rebecca Trawick

In the Project Space: DESEGREGATE, DISMANTLE ISOLATION

September 8 – November 21
Reception for the artists on September 8 from 6-8pm
Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art

Chaffey College and the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art are pleased to present Inside/Outside: Prison Narratives and in the Project Space: DESEGREGATE, DISMANTLE ISOLATION from September 8 – November 21. There will be a reception for the artists on September 8 from 6-8pm with Karla Diaz performing Prison Gourmet, plus light refreshments and music from DJ Patrick Miller on the museum patio.

In the main gallery, Inside/Outside: Prison Narratives brings together contemporary artists who are examining our nation’s prison system with a special focus on the system of control through the use of solitary confinement and death row; the value of an education in the penal system; and how art has been incorporated into systems of rehabilitation.


In the Project Space the Counter Narrative Society (CNS) and their collaborators present DESEGREGATE, DISMANTLE ISOLATION. CNS transforms the space into an evolving laboratory aiming to bring into focus their collective and individual narratives on the effects of prolonged isolation and in turn, creating a communal work. DESEGREGATE, DISMANTLE ISOLATION features The Weight I Carry with Me: SENSIBLE HOUSING UNIT (SHU), a reaction to the "invisible punishing machine" – a conceptualization of the spatial and technological causes of inequality – and as part of this weight, she is featuring the Sensible Housing Unit (SHU) – a fabric replica of a prison cell and tactical object designed to engage audiences in critical dialogue about the human/civil rights issues prisoners face in prison control units. The goal of the Sensible Housing Unit is to publicly share the stories of our loved ones who have been subjected to the brutal psychological isolation and physical violence in super maximum security prisons, jails, juvenile reformatory and anywhere.  Artist Mabel Negrete is the founder of Counter Narrative Society (CNS) who works as a multi-disciplinary artist exploring counter narratives about bio-power, urbanism, culture, and technology.

Curated by Misty Burruel & Rebecca Trawick, Inside/Outside: Prison Narratives features work by Sandow Birk, Camilo Cruz, Amy Elkins, Alyse Emdur, Ashley Hunt, Spencer Lowell, Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD), Jason Metcalf, Sheila Pinkel, Richard Ross, Kristen S. Wilkins, and Steve Shoffner in collaboration with Chaffey College students of the CIW inmate education program and English Professor Angela Cardinale. DESEGREGATE, DISMANTLE ISOLATION is a project by the Counter Narrative Society (CNS) (AKA Mabel Negrete and Collaborators). Artist Karla Diaz will also perform Prison Gourmet at the artists reception scheduled on September 8 from 6-8pm.


Question Bridge: Black Males
January 11 – March 12
Reception for the artists on January 12 from 6-8pm
Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art

Question Bridge: Black Males is an innovative, interdisciplinary project that provides a platform for black men in America to ask questions
and respond to about life in America. Designed by artists Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Kamal Sinclair, and Bayeté Ross Smith, it was created to stimulate discourse and understanding amongst black men. Ultimately, the artists hope to illustrate the diversity of ideas, thoughts, viewpoints, outlooks amongst black men in America – upon conception the artists traveled more than 1,500 miles to capture video from more than 150 men. Ultimately the project calls into question the identity of black men in America vs. cultures misconceptions or assumptions about them that are prevalent in our culture. Through Question Bridge, “Blackness” ceases to be a simple, monochromatic concept. This exhibition was made possible due to the generous support of the School of Instruction.



Student Invitational
April 11 – May 12
Reception for the artists on April 12 from 6-8pm
Panel discussion with the artists on April 19 at 5pm
Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art

Chaffey College and the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art proudly present Student Invitational 2016, the 39th annual juried exhibition featuring Chaffey College student artists.  In this rigorous program, the selected artists work closely with faculty, the museum curators,
and other art professionals to create a new body of work, culminating in a professional quality group exhibition at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art.



Student Expo
June 6 – 23
Reception for the artists on June 14 from 5-7pm
Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art

Chaffey College and the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art proudly present Student Expo 2016.  This annual student exhibition
features a selection of the year’s best student work from art and photography classes during the academic year 2015-2016.



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