SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 4, 2018 — The original art exhibition “Illness of Mentality,” opens Friday, April 6 at the Drury on C-Street Art Gallery with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m.
The exhibition uses art to explore the effects of mental illness. Those who suffer from mental illness often find it difficult to express what living with their condition feels like through spoken word. The exhibit offers a new visual perspective to visitors by immersing them in a unique artistic representation of the experience. In doing so, it hopes to remove barriers of understanding and alleviate stigmas surrounding mental illness.
“Healthcare is a major concern in our social and political environment,” says curator Kathy Castleberry. “Mental health issues are often overlooked in the discussion. The American Journal of Publichealth recently published an article regarding the positive effects of creating and viewing art on public health. The process of creating art or viewing art has a positive effect on the healing process of those suffering poor health.”
The Drury on C-Street Gallery is located at 225 E. Commercial St. Appetizers will be provided for the reception by community partner Café Cusco.
The exhibition will be open during regular gallery hours April 6 – April 27. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 3:30 to 6 p.m.; andSaturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please check the Drury On C-Street Facebook page for exceptions.
Attached image: “Little Blue Boy” by George Perkins
About Drury on C-Street
The Drury on C-Street Project is an initiative by Drury University, in partnership with other local organizations, to establish a Drury Center on Commercial Street. This center includes an art gallery, a business resource center, and the weaving studio. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is a professional, student-run gallery featuring emerging and established artists. Drury University’s Drury on C-Street Gallery provides arts administration majors the experience of promoting the work of local artists. The gallery connects the community to new and relevant art in an accessible and welcoming environment.