I’m Not Crazy Exhibit

Of 128 art quilts submitted by 86 artists Sue Reno had the task of selecting just 20 art quilts for I’m Not Crazy, an exhibit sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). The show was juried “blind” — names of artists were not revealed during selection — so Sue found out who was involved along with everyone else. According to curator Kathy Nida, “Together they create a compelling exhibition of work addressing issues of mental illness and the stigma attached to it.”

Karen Musgrave’s art quilt Glimpses of the Dark Angel is one of the 20 pieces selected to travel with the exhibit.

Karen says the call spoke to her immediately:
Mental illness carries with it a stigma; many of us have experience with disorders, temporary or permanent, curable or not, that in the past and in some cultures even today would be labeled as crazy. That stigma can make it difficult to admit its effect on our loved ones or ourselves. Disorders as common as anxiety or depression, or less common, like schizophrenia or multiple personality disorder, can have a devastating effect on families and friends, and on ourselves. Negativity towards those who have these disorders often causes many people to keep the diagnosis hidden from friends and family.
What does “crazy” look like?
What does it feel like?
How does the world look through the eyes of someone experiencing a panic attack or depression or other mental disorder?
How does loving or caring for someone with a mental disorder look and feel?
We’re looking for work that covers these experiences: from the eyes of the caregiver, the friend, the family member, and, of course, those who have experienced any of these disorders themselves. Your work can reflect the disorder or the chaos it holds on our lives, it can be humorous, it can be sad, it can be crazy or incredibly calm.

Here is the schedule of venues (more may be added):

August 16-19, 2012 Exhibit opening:
World Quilt Show–New England X
Radisson Center of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH
September 13-16, 2012 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XIX
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Philadelphia Area, PA
October 11-14, 2012 Pacific International Quilt Festival XXI
Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA
November 8-10, 2012 World Quilt Show — Florida IV
Palm Beach Country Convention Center,
West Palm Beach, FL
February 21-24, 2013 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXIV
Hampton Roads Convention Center,
Hampton, VA
February 28-March 3, 2013 The Quilt Fest of New Jersey IX
Garden State Exhibit Center, Somerset, NJ
May 2-5, 2013 Denver National Quilt Festival VIII
Denver Merchandise Mart, Denver, CO
Unfortunately, Karen doesn’t think she’ll be able to attend any of the shows listed. If you have the opportunity to view the exhibit, please contact Karen and share your impressions with her.

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