Mason Exhibitions | Faces of Resilience

By East City Art Editorial Team on January 8, 2024

Sat, January 6 2024 — Sat, March 30 2024

Charles “Zafir” Lawson
Life in PA: Are You Comfortable, Yet
Oil on canvas
2011
On loan from Art for Justice – www.artforjustice.org
Zafir is co-founder of Art for Justice (AfJ)

Now in its second iteration, Faces of Resilience features works by 14 previously or currently incarcerated artists who participate in year-round art workshops at SCI Phoenix, Southeast Pennsylvania’s maximum-security prison for men located 33 miles outside of Philadelphia. In addition to the 14 artists, the exhibit is supplemented by the works of three professional artists as well: Maria Gaspar, Sara Bennett, and the late Winfred Rembert (1945–2021). This exhibition aims to humanize each of the artists’ experiences leading up to and during their incarceration and to consider alternative paths beyond the existing carceral system. Although many of the artworks employ portraiture, each artist had the freedom to incorporate various art media and subject matter to bring meaning to their lives through art.

Additional participating artists from SCI Phoenix include: Keith Andrews, Al Collantes, James Green, Roy Holloway, Charles “Zafir” Lawson, Eduardo Ramirez, Felix W. Freddie Rodriguez, Jr., Robert E. Rigler, Thomas Schilk, Cody Stuhltrager, Akeil Robertson, Ronald Connelly, Derrick “JT” Taylor, David Luis “Suave” Gonzalez, and Sir Charles Harrison.

Metro: Virginia Square/GMU (Orange/Blue/Silver) directly above the Metro station

Mason Exhibitions Arlington is located at 3601 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA.