Jim Carlson Biography

Jim Carlson

American

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Biography

Jim Carlson, painter and printmaker, received his B.A. in Art from Bethel College, Minnesota; an M.A. from King Sejong University, Seoul, Korea; and worked at the Otis Art Institute for artist Joseph Mugnaini. Since 1984, Carlson has been working in art and mental health services for prisoners for the California Department of Corrections, as the head of the art programs for both San Quentin and California State Prison-Sacramento. He was also statewide manager for Arts in Corrections for five years. After budget cuts eliminated programs by outside instructors, Carlson created a prisoner-led art program for the Sacramento inmate population. He currently works in the mental health services unit.