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In My Head, In My Body

October 31, 2020 - December 13, 2020

Virtual Reception:
Friday, November 13, 2020 | 7 p.m.



In My Head, In My Body Catalog

In this all-media group exhibition, the artwork delves into the human psyche to explore themes surrounding mental health and its relationship to your physical health. This exhibition will challenge common misconceptions about the topic as well as allow space for the selected artists to express their experiences, struggles, and triumphs through their work.

Featured artists: 

Brandin Baron, San Francisco
Clara Bolle, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jeffery Byrd, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Anna Cyan, Ontario, Canada*
Timothy DeVenney, Washington
Jeremy Diamond, Athens, Ga.
Stephanie Dyke, Reisertown, Md.
Kathleen Greco, Southhampton, Pa.
Megan Hildebrandt, Austin, Texas
Rebecca Hofmann, Annapolis, Md.
Lauren Levato Coyne, Ferndale, Mich.
Tanner Mothershead, Smithville, Mo.
Mary Murphy, Philadelphia, Pa.
Karen Olson, Hope, Maine
Alice Q, Springfield, Va.
Rania Razek, McLean, Va.
Sydney Paige Richardson, Round Rock, Texas
Lauren Schiller, Middletown, N.J.
Francesca Schwartz, New York
Alexandra Sherman, Bethesda, Md.
Crystal Sim, Kallang, Singapore
Shannon Soldner, Columbia, Mo.

*Artwork on view online only. Digital Catalog available Saturday, November 14.

About the Juror

Shanti Norris is chief curator for the Integrated Arts and Healing program at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Va.  The project includes a permanent art collection of over 500 works of art, an onsite permanent art gallery and an artist-in-residence program with 16 artists working with patients on a daily basis. Shanti is Co-Founder and Executive Director emeritus of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, where she founded the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, one of the first of its kind in the country.  She initiated Smith Center’s hospital Artist-in-Residence programs at area hospitals and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Shanti is a former board member of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare and Chaired their Annual Conference in 2004. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the Alliance for Arts and Health. She is a frequent speaker on the healing power of the arts nationally and internationally, including lectures at NYU and the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Shanti has an extensive background in complementary medicine and mind-body approaches to healing. She has taught meditation, yoga philosophy and stress reduction for over 35 years and underwent a formal ten-year mentorship with a renowned yoga master.  For over 20 years, she has guided creativity sessions for adults with cancer.

Shanti is an alumnus of NYU and The Cooper Union in New York City.  She authored a chapter on providing arts for adults with cancer in the 2016 Managing Arts Programs in Healthcare published by Routledge.  She is a member of ArtTable, the mother of three adult children, and is a painter, sculptor and curator.

Image Credit: Jeremy Diamond, Graellsia, 2019. Photography, nylon, silver, paint.


October 31, 2020
December 13, 2020
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