Art: Escape Artists

When Peter J. Curtis was sentenced to grey-walled Clinton Prison at Dannemora, N. Y. for robbery, he was a sign-painter. Instead of planning a jailbreak, Convict Curtis found his escape on canvas, painting in the barred funnel of light in his cell. Last year the warden gave him a studio to teach other convicts his idea of escape (TIME. Aug. 29).

In the Dannemora art school, no one paints his environment. All go as far away as possible from Dannemora's stone walls. Teacher Curtis paints pictures that look like calendars in village postoffices: an...

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