Prison Story Project to host film screening and death row art exhibit in Fayetteville

The Prison Story Project will host a film screening and works from Arkansas death row artists at 7 p.m. Friday, March 24 inside the parish hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville.

The event is in coordination with Represent Justice, a nonprofit organization focused on using media to transform the criminal justice system. It includes a screening of the documentary film “Master of Light,” which tells the story of George Anthony Morton, a classical painter who spent a decade in federal prison for drug-related offenses.

The film highlights Morton’s journey to rediscover his artistic talents while incarcerated, and his efforts to break down barriers in a white-dominant art world after his release.

In addition to the film screening, an exhibit of art by Arkansas death row artists will be on display in the parish hall through April 9, with works available for purchase.

“This exhibit is a powerful reminder of the human cost of the criminal justice system and the importance of art as a tool for self-expression and healing,” said Kathy McGregor, project director for the Prison Story Project, a local nonprofit that aims to amplify the voices of those who have been impacted by incarceration through storytelling and art.

The event is free and open to the public.