Art show displays work of incarcerated

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) A new display organized by students at Washington in Lee features works by out of the ordinary artists.

All of the artwork is by prisoners and former prisoners at the Augusta Correctional Center. The students discovered the artwork while taking a course at the center, and say the artists were pleased about the exhibit idea.

“They are so excited," says Laura Calhoun, a junior at Washington and Lee who was one of the exhibit's organizers. "That's what's most important to me, honestly. I know it's important to bring this art into the community, but I just want the people in my class and the other artists who are featured here to know that they are seen, and we see them. We see them not just for the artwork, but as people too."

The exhibition features the work of 18 men who are incarcerated or were formerly incarcerated, and it includes sculptures, paintings, drawings and textile pieces.