Intricate paintings and drawings now hang along the walls of the Chrysler Museum of Art. The museum teamed up with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office to present Beyond the Block: An Art Exhibition Created by Inmates at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center.
The inmates express their emotions and share experiences through these pieces.
“Many people who are incarcerated may experience cycles, destructive cycles. Addiction, mental illness, violence, poverty. All of those issues are reflected in this work,” said Chrysler Museum Community Engagement Manager Michael Berlucchi.
Despite access to certain art supplies, the inmates have improvised. Many of them use daily household items to create their work.
“The pieces here are made with toothpaste, they’re made with deodorant rubbed on magazines to create color, they’re made with ketchup packets from their canteen,” said Berlucchi.
You can view these unique pieces from now until November 26. There will be an opening reception for the exhibit, Thursday October 19 at 6 p.m.. It’s free for museum members and $5 for all others.