David Byrd, Hospital Hallway, 1992, oil on canvas, 43 x 42
As as a former social worker, this exhibiton speaks to me. Byrd, who worked as a night orderly in a psychiatric ward, explores mental illness through his 30 years of experiences at the VA Hospital in Montrose, NY. His artist statements says:
"I watched the patients, how they moved and interacted with each other and how they coped with the staff. All the patients were heavily medicated. I tried to paint because I had the remote idea that it might serve me in my behavior to others."
The exhibit will remain open through February 21, 2015.
Exhibit: January 17 - February 21
Reception: Saturday, January 17, 3:00 PM
Walt Meade Gallery of the Roxbury Arts Center
To raise awareness and increase understanding of mental illness, the Society for Contemporary Craft is organizing Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art (September 18, 2015 – March 12, 2016). With an emphasis on anxiety, depression, suicide ideation, and PTSD, the exhibition will provide a forum for artists to share their powerful artistic responses to a growing public health concern.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2015