Art gallery features “Portraits of Change”

“Portraits of Change,” a traveling art exhibit by artists from a prison art class, is featured in Hesston College’s Regier-Friesen Gallery on the Hesston College campus through April 5. The inmates participate in the class through Offender Victim Ministries in Newton, Kan., taught by Youthville’s Micala Gingrich-Gaylord.

“The Portraits of Change program is based on the premise that art has a message, and through a guided experience, one can find their own story revealed and reflected through the lens of art,” Gingrich-Gaylord stated in the exhibit explanation.

Each piece of art tells an inmate’s story and reveals emotions and thoughts through a multitude of techniques.

“Being able to be free in my art is peaceful and an experience I am thankful for,” wrote one inmate. “The crime I committed is not going to change, but I can change, and that is a start.”

The gallery, located in the Friesen Center for Visual Arts, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.