Active Minds exhibit showcases student artwork about mental health
  • No Surprise to Me by Makenzie Lim
  • Helplessness by Marina Gaglio
  • A Snake Turn or Two by Kelsey Phalen
  • Untitled by Maribel Fernandez
  • Helplessness by Marina Gaglio
  • A Snake Turn or Two by Kelsey Phalen
  • I Can Feel It in My Teeth by Anne Eck
  • World of Eyes by Marina Gaglio
  • Symbiotic Attraction by Nicholas Martinez

NU Active Minds aimed to make what is invisible about mental health visible by gathering artwork from students at Northwestern and other Chicago-area schools relating to their personal experiences with mental health. The student group presented “Invisible: An Art Show on Mental Health” at the NU Galleria from Feb. 5 to Feb. 12.

“We know that a lot of people who are struggling with mental health or mental illness aren’t always ready to talk about it," NU Active Minds Special Events Co-Chair Caroline Gaglio said, "and they can use art as a way to cope with some struggles that they’re facing.”

Another important feature about the show was its inclusion of artwork relating to diagnosed mental illness as well as general mental health struggles. The group said it hopes that by including both, they will be able to reach more students and let them know it is okay to seek help no matter what they might be facing.

The exhibition culminated with a reception in which the producers and artists spoke to audience members.

“It says everything I was thinking and feeling,” Communication junior Kelsey Phalen said as she pointed at her painting, "A Snake Turn or Two."

“It means a lot to me just seeing it and having it here,” artist Marina Gaglio, creator of "Helplessness," said. “I think a lot of art is inspired by mental health so it’s great that there’s an event that’s bringing everything together."


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