Making Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Benjamin Todd Wills
Kansas City artist Ben Wills details his outreach to prisoners and how it has affected his approach to his work. The presentation coincides with the Library exhibit Airplanes, which features a collection of expressive and revealing paper airplanes that inmates have sent to Wills over the years.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Program: 
6:30 pm
Benjamin Wills’ outreach to inmates began with letters of support to two acquaintances serving prison terms. Wills wrote to more men and women in confinement, becoming increasingly fascinated by their stories and common struggles with abandonment, lost identity, and sadness. In them, ultimately, he found inspiration and source material for his art.

The Kansas City artist discusses his experiences and how his interaction with prisoners has affected his approach to artmaking. The presentation coincides with Wills’ exhibit Airplanes, on display at the Central Library through March. It features a collection of expressive and revealing paper airplanes that inmates have sent to Wills over the years.