ArtWorks Artist Spotlight - Christi Furnas
There are many methods for expressing and exploring health related events through art. The results often create compelling and people-centered objects or experiences. Attempts have been made using media, such as puppetry, theatre, songs or games. Photography and other visual art are also used to make subjects on health meaningful and healing for the person and interesting and educational for the public and the professionals who serve the public. Through a community-focused art project and traveling exhibit, "To Really See," captures these approaches and focuses on the display of creative medication use stories that users, artists, and participants wanted to express and share. This video presentation features an interview with Christi Furnas, an exhibiting artist of "To Really See," and Peer Support Specialist at Spectrum ArtWorks. Christi speaks about her graphic novel that explores living with schizophrenia and why a show like "To Really See" evokes moments of contemplation and reflection, much like you would experience at any other art show.
"To Really See" initially presents with the Hennepin County Library’s Minneapolis Central location (August-September 2017), then at St. Luke’s Hospital, Duluth (October 2017-April 2018) and then with the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (December-April 2018).
Other exhibiting artists:
Teresa Audet (Minneapolis)
Douglas Blue (Minneapolis)
Jennifer N. Campbell (St. Paul)
John Casey III (Bloomington)
Kate Clark (Minneapolis)
Sam Larom (Minneapolis)
Gary Melquist (Minneapolis)
Holly Rapoport (River Falls)
Anne South (Minneapolis)
Heather Spielman (Minneapolis)
Roger Williamson (Minneapolis)
Jess Ward (Lino Lakes)
Spectrum ArtWorks Collective Artists:
Peter F. Hinze
James E. Sjolin
Julia C. Spencer
ArtWorks Photovoice Participants
Next exhibition event:
Closing Night Panel Discussion: Wednesday, September 27 / 6pm
Presented by Spectrum ArtWorks (soon to be Avivo ArtWorks), the exhibit “To Really See” in Cargill Hall explores medication use stories. Through artwork and accompanying events, the show works to raise awareness and challenge mental health stigma regarding the medication-taking experience. Celebrate the closing of the exhibition with this panel discussion moderated by Syl Jones (Hennepin County Medical Center), which will reflect on the artwork in the exhibition and engage multiple perspectives in conversation about mental health and medication use. Panelists include Paul Ranelli (University of Minnesota), Marilyn Dornfeld (NAMI MN), Dr. Reba Peoples (RESOURCE), Christi Furnas (RESOURCE/Exhibiting artist), Martha Bird (Exhibiting Artist), and Holly Rapoport (Exhibiting Artist).
Exhibition partners: RESOURCE/Avivo, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Hennepin County Library, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Genoa. This exhibition is partially funded through the University of Minnesota’s Imagine Fund.
http://www.artworksatspectrum.org / http://www.resource-mn.org