The Inside/Outside Envelope Project
"Envelope art is a long-standing tradition in prison art," Explains Phyllis Kornfield (artist, educator, and author of Cellblock Visions), "beautiful envelopes sent to loved ones communicate a deep connection." The Inside/Outside Envelope Project, curated by Kornfield in support of Read Alliance, expands upon the spirit of giving by selling envelope art donated by incarcerated men and women to benefit charity.
Last year, the project culminated at the Outsider Art Fair, a three-day international art show hosted by Sanford Smith. Envelope art came from correctional facilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Florida, and California. With 100% of the proceeds going to directly to Read Alliance, more than $1600 was raised in support of early childhood literacy.
This year, contributions have already come from artists based in nearly 20 facilities across the country and will be for sale at the 20th Anniversary Outsider Art Fair on January 27th, 28th, and 29th at 7 West 34th Street in New York City.