Herman’s House tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Jackie Sumell, a young, politically engaged New York artist and Herman Wallace, a convicted murderer in his 70s who has spent the last 40 years in solitary confinement at the Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana. Sumell befriends Wallace, and through letters and extended conversations their friendship develops. Sumell wonders how Herman Wallace achieves any feelings of freedom. Concluding that he can only feel freedom by dreaming it, she once asks Wallace to describe his “dream house.” Wallace's response would inspire Sumell to create a model of the house, complete with swimming pool and gardens. The model along with a recreation of Wallace’s prison cell would ultimately become an art installation that has appeared in 12 galleries in five different countries, including a stint at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans during the 2008-09 Prospect 1 Art Exhibit.