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Graffiti Exhibit Opens Aug. 27 at Northern Vermont University-Johnson

JOHNSON, VERMONT — The multimedia graffiti art and hip-hop music of Goddard College alumni Kiriakos “Yako 440” Prodis and Baba Israel will be on display Aug. 27-Sept. 13 at Julian Scott Memorial Gallery at Northern Vermont University-Johnson.

Prodis and Israel, who both earned bachelor’s and master of fine arts degrees from Goddard, will give a talk 3-5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the closing reception at the gallery in the Dibden Center for the Arts. The exhibit and talk are free for the public.

The exhibit, Soul Inscribed: The Art of Yako 440 and Baba Israel, includes graffiti-based paintings, stencils and music videos. The show is inspired by the songs “Let Them In” and “Let Us Begin” by Soul Inscribed, a hip-hop/spoken word band the artists belong to. The exhibit’s social justice and equal rights themes invite dialogue about racism, walls, bans and borders.


The Julian Scott gallery is open 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.


For more information about the exhibit, contact the gallery director at or 802-635-1469. For more information about the artists, visit  and