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Lecture/Discussion Artist Talk: Valention Dixon -Art and Social

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 2:00 PM


LECTURE / DISCUSSION | ARTIST TALK: VALENTINO DIXON - ART AND SOCIAL JUSTICE W/WGRZ-TV REPORTER-ANCHOR CLAUDINE EWING
Presented in collaboration with the Buffalo Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)
Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7 pm

Valentino Dixon was 21 when he was arrested for a fatal shooting during a disturbance outside a bar in Buffalo on the night of August 10, 1991. Imprisoned for a murder he didn't commit, he discovered solace in art.

Dixon loved to draw as a child and took up sketching again to escape the harsh realities of prison after being handed 39 years to life.

His art saved him. Valentino struggled to adjust to life in prison, until he reconnected with his inner passion for art. He regained his motivation to draw by following his uncle's advice: “if you reclaim your talent, you can reclaim your life.” Valentino drew for up to 10 hours a day. His reputation as an artist led the warden at the tough Attica Correctional Facility to ask him to draw the 12th hole of the legendary Augusta National Golf Club.

Dixon was no golfer, but the images of vivid green grass, clear blue skies, water, flowers and trees fired his imagination.

Fast forward to April 2019, and Dixon—exonerated in September 2018 after 27 years in prison—was invited to the Masters at Augusta to sketch for Golf Digest and to walk in the pictures previously only in his mind.

"I don't have no words to describe how beautiful it is," Dixon told CNN Sport. "It was 10 times better than I expected.”

During and after his period of incarceration, Valentino has established his reputation as an informed and inspiring voice on criminal justice issues and improvement opportunities. WGRZ-TV reporter-anchor Claudine Ewing will interview the artist, exoneree and criminal justice reform advocate about art therapy and social justice reform. During this talk he will share his story, campaign for much-needed sentencing reform and other changes to the criminal justice system.

Cost: Free with Gallery Admission
Tickets: https://www.burchfieldpenney.org/events/event:10-10-2019-7-00pm-valentino-dixon-art-and-social-justice/
Event url: www.burchfieldpenney.org/events/event:10-10-2019-7-00pm-valentino-dixon-art-and-social-justice/

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