Charles Unser, Alcatraz Portraits

Alcatraz Portraits by Charles Unser was exhibited in Building 64 October 2015 through May 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 20thCentury. He created ten portraits of famous Alcatraz prisoners with colored pencils on wooden panels, offering a unique artistic 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

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