KCAD, GVSU Collaborate to Showcase Healing-Focused Work of Artist and Patient Advocate Ted Meyer
Artist Ted Meyer has dedicated his life to championing the power of art to support people on their journey to physical and emotional healing. In addition to creating original work inspired by his own lifelong struggles with pain and illness, Meyer creates opportunities for individuals who suffer from medical conditions to express themselves through art as the current artist-in-residence at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine.
Ted Meyer (image courtesy of Ted Meyer)
Previously featured in galleries, museums, hospitals, and news outlets around the world, Meyer’s work is coming to West Michigan for the first time in an exhibition collaboratively organized by Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) and The Bonnie Wesorick Center for Health Care Transformation at Grand Valley State University (GVSU).
Running from March 21 through April 8, 2017 in KCAD’s Helen Miller Kendall Gallery (HMK Gallery) (17 Fountain St. NW), Art & Healing will showcase work from Meyer’s 16-year project “Scarred for Life: Mono-prints of Human Scars.” The project chronicles the trauma and courage of people who have lived through transformative accidents and health crises. Meyer’s prints will be exhibited alongside similarly-themed work from KCAD students Beibei Chen, Leilei Chen, Taylor Graham, and Loni Platte.
"Malignant Landscape 1" by KCAD students BeiBei Chen and LeiLei Chen, featured in Art & Healing (image courtesy of the artists)
“Ted’s work is a powerful reminder of how integral art is to the human experience,” said KCAD Director of Exhibitions Sarah Joseph. “KCAD is proud to collaborate with The Bonnie Wesorick Center and GVSU on this exhibition, and we look forward to seeing the community enlivened and inspired by Ted’s work and mission.” More information on the exhibition at kcad.edu.
Art & Healingoccurs in tandem with Meyer’s visit to GVSU, where he will speak about his life and his work as part of The Distinguished Wesorick Lectureship series. The presentation will be held March 28, from 1-2 p.m. in the Loosemore Auditorium inside the DeVos Center on GVSU’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus. RSVP online at gvsu.edu/wesorick.
"Never a Moment Alone" by KCAD student Loni Platte, featured in Art & Healing (image courtesy of the artist)
“Our shared mission is to prepare students to be collaborative and creative in their learning and lifelong development. We intentionally chose to connect with KCAD because of our common belief that a person’s health will be positively impacted by our shared presence in our shared work,” said Dr. Evelyn Clingerman, executive director of The Bonnie Wesorick Center.
KCAD’s HMK Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours of operation can be found here.