Alcatraz Portraits by Charles Unser
Alcatraz Island | Building 64
October 10th 2015 – May 1st 2016

“Art makes life better.” – Charles Unser

The Art Explorers is a nonprofit organization located in Fort Bragg, California. The program serves artists with developmental disabilities and provides as an art studio, with materials and instruction in a small gallery space where artists can exhibit and sell their work.

Charles Unser has been a participant of Art Explorers for twelve years, often exploring historical themes with a particular interest in American gangs of the 20th Century. He has created ten portraits of famous Alcatraz prisoners with colored pencils on wooden panels, offering a unique artists and visual window into the lives of some of the most feared individuals to have been imprisoned on the Island.

To learn more about Charles Unser and his fellow artist at the Art Explorers, please visit