Finding Hope Within  features art that has emerged through the carceral system in Vermont. The work featured in this exhibition includes drawings, mixed media, poetry and narrative writing by incarcerated artists at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington  

In her book Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, Nicole Fleetwood writes, “Prison art is part of the long history of captive people envisioning freedom—creating art, imagining worlds, and finding ways to resist and survive.”  

This exhibition posits art making as a transformative, healing, and cathartic practice and highlights the intensely human instinct to create as a way to transform one’s relationship to community, to the environment, and to the self. A spark of hope for the future emerges through the art of creation.  

Viewing this art, abstract conceptualizations about prisons become tangible. Finding Hope Within challenges common narratives about incarcerated individuals and the practices of our carceral system at large and invites viewers to consider art as something that can transcend physical and psychological barriers.  

Co-curators of the exhibition are Heather Newcomb of  Vermont Works for Women and Ashley Messier of Vermont Women’s Justice and Freedom Initiative. 


February 4, 2024 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
February 11, 2024 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
February 18, 2024 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
February 25, 2024 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.