He taught himself to draw in prison. Now he’s winning over the art world.

October 4, 2018

By Staff

Russell Craig — former North Philly foster kid, runaway, drug dealer, and felon; current-day muralist, teacher, Ford Foundation “Art for Justice” honoree, and conceptual artist — didn’t so much break into the art world as sneak in.

He’d heard about Mural Arts Philadelphia’s programs at Graterford state prison, where he was serving a 5-to-10-year sentence. So one day, he got a pass to go to the library but crept into the auditorium to crash a Mural Arts meeting instead — even though the punishment for being caught in an unauthorized location would be 90 days in solitary.

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