IDOC displays ICIO inmate’s artwork

The Idaho Department of Correction is now displaying work by inmate artists in the Board of Correction’s meeting room at the department’s central office in Boise.

These paintings are by William Giltz at Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino. 

He started painting in 2003 while incarcerated at the South Idaho Correctional Institution.He painted a mural depicting inmate firefighters in SICI’s Main Dorm. He also painted murals in SICI’s visiting area and SICI’s training room.

These paintings show a tower at Idaho State Correctional Institution and ICIO inmates fishing with their children, an event that was arranged to help strengthen the inmates’ ties to their families and reward them for their good behavior.

Giltz he suffers from PTSD and other mental health problems, and he finds painting to be therapeutic.

“I’ve discovered something so positive in myself that I had never discovered until coming to prison,” Giltz says.  “I see future in healing my soul and sharing, and giving back.”

Giltz says he plans to begin painting wildlife scenes next. 

Giltz says he’s grateful to all the people who make ICIO’s art program possible, including Warden Terema Carlin and Ofc. Candie Burgess. 

Story published: 06/14/2018
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