Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art

at the Ohio Craft Museum

July 10–August 21, 2016

(Columbus, Ohio)—According to the National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five adults lives with a mental illness. Many stay silent, fearing the prejudice and discrimination that can accompany these illnesses. The 14 artists in the Ohio Craft Museum’s exhibition “Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art” hope to break down social stigmas surrounding mental health issues and offer an opportunity to understand mental health through fine craft.

“There is both an urgent need and a great opportunity for arts organizations to convene community conversations about how the arts can support positive mental health,” states Janet L. McCall, executive director of the Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, the exhibition organizer.

On view July 10–August 21, the exhibition showcases work by several artists whose lives have been touched by mental illness. Pittsburgh artist Rose Clancy’s mother suffered with an untreated mental illness. “The stigma of being ‘mentally ill’ suppressed my mother’s voice and disengaged her ability to act in defense against her illness,” Clancy says. “The time to tear down the walls that surround mental illness is long past due—it’s time to build bridges of understanding and compassion.”

The exhibition opens at the Ohio Craft Museum on Sunday, July 10, with a reception from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Representatives from area mental health organizations will be on hand to talk to visitors about their community programs. Along with the exhibition, the Ohio Craft Museum will present a number of educational programs, including: 

Opening Reception: Sunday, July 10, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

2:30 p.m.: representatives from area mental health organizations (National Alliance on Mental Illness, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, OSU Behavioral Health, Concord Counseling Services) will talk about their offerings.

3:00 p.m.: art therapist Joan Zeller, Worthington, will discuss her work with children and adults.