"Jeremy MacKenzie: Hidden Blueprints"

Wood Scrollwork and Blueprints

September 4 through November 28, 2015

Opening reception: Friday, September 4, 5:30 to 8 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 10 at 1:30 pm

An art collection hidden in prison for years...

Jeremy Mackenzie

Jeremy MacKenzie is a Champlain College student who turned to his art—wood scrollwork—after being incarcerated at the Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville, Kentucky, a private corporate facility run by Corrections Corp. of America, where inmates rioted and set fire to the facility in 2004. While in prison, serving a total of eight years for bank robbery and drug trafficking, MacKenzie drew the "blueprints" for the intricate carvings he planned to create upon his release. These drawings, comprised of many sheets of paper taped together, had to be kept secret or they would have been confiscated. He successfully kept the drawings hidden for years and began cutting his scrollwork following his release. MacKenzie documented his progress as he worked, which was done in a sweltering attic. MacKenzie is currently a full-time cinematography student at Champlain College.

Listen to the artist's story, "Paying Homage to the Ramen Empire", a meaningful story from his time in prison.

For more press, check out VT Cynic's story and Seven Days' Stuck in Vermont video story

"Intersections," a performance piece on the subject of criminal justice reform based on actual letters from inmates and personal experiences working with people who are incarcerated, will be presented in FlynnSpace on November 3 and 4.

Contact Flynn Marketing at 802-652-4500 or marketing@flynncenter.org for more information.

The 2015-2016 Exhibition Season is generously supported by Amy E. Tarrant. This exhibit is also supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Community Foundation.



 

Sensory Friendly

The Flynn Center has created a "social story" specifically for this gallery exhibition. A social story provides visual and written scenarios and suggestions of what someone might encounter in a specific situation, and helps to work through possible responses and solutions if that scenario causes anxiety, or is new and unfamiliar. Social stories are often used with individuals on the autism spectrum to prepare them for a new or potentially challenging experience. We hope this social story is helpful in preparing for a trip to the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center!

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