Books, literature, music, the fine arts, and film. To be human is to be free to explore these creative processes. Through these mediums and others, humans have expressed their joys, sorrows, fears, and dreams in a self-imposed exile we call the creative process. In this exhibit, we will examine why art is necessary for humans. It offers solace to those who wish to withdraw from the outside world as well as a reason to interact with others, once the work is complete. The question is why art is the chosen method for expression and how the artist draws from their experiences to create something that engages the viewer and comes to be known as art. In each of the novels read this summer session, the authors and characters are themselves searching for a release in some way or another in order to maintain their sanity and to find themselves a place in the world. Art is the great equalizer of the classes, rich or poor. The quality of one's art is based on how much of the artist is felt through a book or a piece of music. Creating this presence is the goal of every artist because the obtainment of this is the attainment of an identity- But must this self-realization always come at the expense of one's happiness?