Handling Women in Art: Confronting Marginalization in Art and Corrections

Last Tuesday Ludlow House hosted from "Prison to Profession: Opportunities after conviction," an Artworld joins Criminal Justice panel to celebrate REFRAME's Jobs in Art launch at Rikers Correctional and the newly formed Contemporary Artworld Education Division at the Department of Correction.

When I started REFRAME two years ago, the intent was to bring the resources of the blue chip artworld to our incarcerated population through a course that would train and place the formerly incarcerated in art handling and installation positions. What I didn't realize is that the same marginalization people of color and women experience before arriving to, and then inside the Correction system, is also mirrored in art professions. Just this week Artsy published Art Handlers, Long Overlooked, Push for Better Wages and Union Representation

In Spring 2018, REFRAME will educate and place in art jobs the first graduates of Art Handling in Practice & Profession. The program will serve the female population, many of them minorities. Can we handle formerly incarcerated women leveling the playing field in art? I hope we thank every woman who graduates from this class and goes out to serve our art community for breaking another boundary. 

Photo from Left to Right: Logan Hicks, artist; Tif Robinette, Head of Exhibitions & Design; Deputy Commissioner James Walsh, Adult Programming at Rikers; Lydia Kutko, Founder REFRAME; Frances Taormina, Adult Programming, Department of Correction; Rachael Hudak, Director NYU Prison Education Program; Coss Marte, Founder Conbody


Lydia Kutko