ArtRage: The Norton Putter Gallery

505 Hawley Avenue Syracuse, NY

Nothing to Hide – Mental Illness in the Family, April 30 thru May 23, 2009

In keeping with the mission of ArtRage to exhibit art of social importance, and in collaboration with NAMI Syracuse (National Alliance on Mental Illness), we proudly presented an exhibit of art by and about survivors of schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. The exhibit featured work of mixed media from three sources including the art of Amber Christian Osterhout, a Syracuse native, painter and family member dealing with mental illness in her family. Her series of richly colored paintings titled Gaining Insight gave us a glimpse into a world as frightening for family as it is for those afflicted. Also on display was a photo essay from Family Diversity Projects offering photographic portraits by co-founder Gigi Kaeser and compelling stories from interviews conducted by Jean Beard and co-founder Peggy Gillespie of family members who demonstrate strength, courage and accomplishment in the face of adversity and stigma. We also featured artwork from courageous local artists, Zachary Penfield, Wayne Turner, Barb Higgens, James P. McCampbell and Fred Hickey who are currently consumers of the mental health system. Films and presentations accompanied this exhibit throughout the month featuring psychologists Bill Cross and Shelia LeGacy and artist Amber Christian Osterhout.