Episode 49 features abstract painter Jared Owens. He was born in Queens and raised in Rockland County, New York. His art practice started inside federal prison, where he taught himself how to draw, paint, and sculpt using “found” or discarded materials. While imprisoned, he mentored others and taught multiple disciplines, including ceramics, painting, and drawing.
Since his release, he has continued to mentor and teach system-impacted young people. He is currently a fellow at Mural Arts Philadelphia and is working on a public art project for Philadelphia in partnership with youth under court supervision. His work is currently included in Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration at MoMA PS1, rendering justice at The African American Museum , Philadelphia, and has been featured in publications such as Artforum, 4Columns, and Social Text.
Jared also designed a program which The Lyric Theatre, in Lexington, Kentucky, hosted titled ‘The Artist’s Eye, a one week intensive art class led by nationally renowned artists, teaching youth how to express and progress with art. See Youtube link.