Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art Opens “Mindful” – & Examine Creativity’s Role in Mental Health

The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) opens “Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art”- an exhibit that looks at mental health through the lens of contemporary craft. Mindful features more than 40 works created by 14 contemporary craft artists  – WGS Co-Director Michael Janis’ glass artwork is highlighted in the show that runs January 28 – April 16, 2017.

Other artists include: Edward Eberle, Ian Thomas, Meredith Grimsley, Grace Kubilius, Swoon, Rose Clancy, Jesse Albrecht, Joan Iversen Goswell, Sophia Jung-Am Park, Alison Saar , Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Lyn Godley, and Kaitlyn Evans.

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

The exhibition highlights a variety of techniques and forms that include innovative art expressions rooted in traditional craft materials, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between craft and painting, sculpture, conceptual, and installation art.

Along with the exhibition MOCA will plan innovative community programming, partnerships and education opportunities. Mindful reaches beyond the museum walls to examine creativity’s role in mental health, resiliency, and compassion.

This exhibition was organized by the Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Michael will also be featured in a Virginia MOCA Artist Talk on April 13 – click HERE for details.

Virginia MOCA

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art

2200 Parks Ave
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Ohio Craft Museum features “Mindful” Art

Sunday, July 10, 1 to 4 p.m. – the Ohio Craft Museum will have its opening reception for the powerful exhibition, “Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art.” The traveling exhibit was initiated by Pittsburgh’s Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC) this past September.

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This powerful exhibition seeks to break down social stigmas surrounding mental health issues and offer an opportunity to understand mental health through fine craft. One in five adults in the United States lives with a mental health illness. Many stay silent, fearing the prejudice and discrimination that can accompany these illnesses. The 14 artists in “Mindful” hope to break down social stigmas surrounding mental health issues and offer an opportunity to understand mental health through fine craft.

Representatives from area mental-health organizations will be on hand, and at 3 p.m., art therapist Joan Zeller will discuss her work and its benefits.

Ohio Craft Museum
1665 W. Fifth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43212

http://www.ohiocraft.org

 

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art

WGS’ Michael Janis is one of the artists featured in the Society of Contemporary Craft‘s exhibit “Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art“. This show explores the impact that mental illness is having on society, and the role the arts can play to both encourage positive self-expression and guide effective mental health promotion and treatment. The (traveling) show highlights a variety of techniques and forms that include innovative art expressions rooted in traditional craft materials, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between craft and painting, sculpture, conceptual, and installation art. American Craft Magazine will have a short story about the show in their next issue – out early next year! The SCC has made a short video of the exhibit and their goals in the show – in the link below