Valid and Valued: Emphasizing Empathy toward Mental Health

Kirkhof Center Wall Gallery, Allendale Campus
July 8, 2022 - October 28, 2022

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Drawn from the GVSU art collection, these works of art represent a variety of mental illnesses and their various manifestations. This collection of work serves as a launch pad into conversations about mental health, the challenges of navigating education without (and sometimes with) a diagnosis, and the stigmas attached to mental illnesses. 

wall gallery at Kirkhof Center

Katherine Williams, Entangled, digital painting, 2020, 2021.9.3

disphoric bodies

Rachel Britton, Consumption No. 1 - Self Image, inkjet print, 2016, 2016.51.1

person clutching pillow over face

Madison Cruz, Voices in Isolation, inkjet print, 2020, 2021.7.1

blurred city street

Bethany Shelagowski-Cliff, Untitled #7, charcoal on board, 2007, 2007.177.1

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A quick-reference guide to the exhibition themes as well as discussion prompts for educators to incorporate into their teaching.

A list of books, articles, and other media related to the exhibition available from the GVSU Libraries in a variety of formats including print and digital.

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July 8, 2022 - October 28, 2022

Kirkhof Center Wall Gallery
Russel H. Kirkhof Center Wall Gallery
1 Campus Dr
Allendale, Michigan 49401 

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For special accommodation, please call:
(616) 331-3638

For exhibition details and media inquires, please email:
Joel Zwart, Curator of Exhibitions
[email protected]

For learning and engagement opportunities, please email [email protected].

Page last modified February 9, 2023