Avivo Exhibt To Really See

At The University of Minnesota Bio Medical Library

I  am pleased to have two of my works included as part of the Avivo To Really See exhibit.

Avivo Gallery Paintings,symbolic artist
Atavistic Memories
Avivo Gallery Paintings,symbolic artist
In Times Of Peril She Would Call Up All Strange Orders Of Spirits Into Her Aura To Protect Herself From Evil
Exhibiting artists:
Jennifer N. Campbell
Teresa Audet
Jess Ward
Kate Clark
Gary R. Melquist
Douglas Blue
Holly Rapoport
Sam Larom
John Casey
Heather Spielman
Anne South
Christi Furnas
Andrew Braunberger
Kandace Krause
Michaela Rachor
Cecile Bellamy
Peter F. Hinze
Ashley Adams
Shining Starr
Julia C. Spencer
Photovoice participants

Avivo is proud to announce that the traveling exhibition To Really See: Exploring the Medication-Taking Experience has opened with the University of Minnesota at the Bio-Medical Library (located on the East Bank campus). 

To Really See was initially hosted by Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central (August – September 2017).
Sabbat or Dark Interpreter, To Really See, Hennepin County Library Exhibition, August – September 2017. Photo by Richard Anderson
In Times of Peril, To Really See, Hennepin County Library Exhibition, August – September 2017. Photo by Richard Anderson
The artist and his muse, To Really See, Hennepin County Library Exhibition, August – September 2017.
Avivo University of Minnesota, symbolic art
In Times of Peril and Atavistic at the Bio-Medical Library

This run with the University of Minnesota presents over thirty pieces of art. It shows at the Bio-Medical Library until April 30, 2018, with a public reception on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 PM. In addition, over ten pieces of separate art from the project has been on exhibit at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth since October 2017, and will display until March 29, 2018.

The exhibition is a project curated by Jes Reyes, the Coordinator of Avivo’s ArtWorks program, and co-organized by Paul Ranelli, a Professor of Social Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Both met at the 2016 Minnesota Public Health Association annual meeting.
Ranelli was inspired to create a photography exhibition that invited medication users to tell their story through a specific medium and how medications impacted their life.
After he met Reyes and described his project idea, they became immediate partners. As they worked together, the project grew from a community arts Photovoice activity to an expanded display of diverse art mediums that spoke to the medication taking experience, with a focus on the role psychiatric medications play in our lives. “The goal is to articulate visually the importance of medications, including those prescribed for mental health, and the relevance of such medications in our lives,” Ranelli indicates about the show’s potential impact. “Medication use is embedded in society and hence is involved in value conflicts, social and economic power relationships, and various forms of cultural expression. The arts relate to and create culture, challenge thoughts and values, and foster social transformation,” he continues.
ArtWorks (formerly Spectrum ArtWorks), a program of Avivo, organizes projects that aim to meet its mission to challenge stigma and raise mental health awareness. “There is a benefit of creating a public narrative around a health experience, especially if there is some shame or fear around it,” Reyes said in an interview with MinnPost. “We want to encourage conversations around art. That’s one way that change happens.” Previous ArtWorks community partners have included the Augsburg College, Soo Visual Arts Center, Solar Arts Building, American Lung Association, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Contact Jes Reyes at 612-752-8282 or [email protected]

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