San Antonio Contemporary Art Gallery


2015 Mental Illness Awareness Week Art Exhibition

Mental Illness Awareness Week

2015 Art Exhibition

On View: October 9-24, 2015

Opening Reception
Friday, October 9, 2015

6:30-9:00 pm

On View At High Wire Arts
326 West Josephine Street
San Antonio, TX 78212

Contact: Susan Beattie 210-908-1776 VSA Texas’ Artworks: Creative Industries Program is supported in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts

Famous Writers And Artists And Mental Illness

The following writers and artists have either reportedly spoken about their mental illnesses, or professionals have talked about the possibility of mental illness after their deaths.
Art Buchwald, deceased American humorist and well known for his column in The Washington Post, reportedly had bipolar disorder.
Patricia Cornwell, author, was quoted in The Times as admitting to taking a mood stabilizer because she was “wired differently” and that even though her “diagonosis goes back and forth” she’s “pretty sure” she has it. “It” being bipolar disorder. She also mentioned that it’s “not unusual for great artistic people to have bipolar disorder.” Hmm.
Hart Crane, deceased American poet, reportedly experienced episodes of both manic euphoria and deep depression, as well as struggled with alcohol abuse.
Dorothy Day, deceased American journalist and founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, reportedly experienced depression.
Theodore Dreiser, deceased American author, reportedly dealt with clinical depression.
George Eliot, deceased British author who was really Mary Anne Evans, reportedly had clinical depression.
Jules Feiffer, New York cartoonist, novelist, and playwright, has spoken of his depression.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, deceased American author, reportedly had clinical depression.
John Gibson, Irish pianist-composers, reportedly has bipolar disorder.
Amy Heckerling, writer, director, and genius behind Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless, has spoken about her struggles with eating disorders.
Ernest Hemingway, deceased American writer, reportedly suffered from either clinical depression or bipolar disorder (probably bipolar disorder, as Patricia Cornwell’s so sure it’s not unusual for great artistic people to have it), and committed suicide in 1961.
Hermann Hesse, deceased German-Swiss writer and painter who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946, reportedly had clinical depression.
Jack Kerouac, deceased American writer and artist of the Beat Generation who became widely influential after his death, reportedly suffered from clinical depression and struggled with alcohol and substance abuse.
Norman Mailer, deceased American writer, reportedly dealt with clinical depression.
Kate Millett, American feminist writer and activist, discusses her bipolar disorder in The Loony-Bin Trip.
Spike Milligan, deceased British writer, reportedly had bipolar disorder.
Robert Munsch, American-born Canadian children’s writer, reportedly has obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder.
Georgia O’Keeffe, deceased American artist, reportedly suffered from clinical depression.
Eugene O’Neill, deceased American playwright who looked a whole lot like a younger version of the actor who played Barty Crouch in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, struggled with depression and alcoholism.
Walker Percy, deceased American writer, reportedly had clinical depression.
Pablo Picasso, deceased Spanish painter and sculptor, reportedly had clinical depression.
Sylvia Plath, deceased American poet, suffered from bipolar disorder and committed suicide in 1963. (Lively Women’s Kristen King contributed Sylvia Plath: Glimpse Into The Writer’s Mind to Mental Health Notes back in November.)
Edgar Allan Poe, deceased American writer, reportedly suffered from clinical depression and alcoholism.
Jackson Pollock, deceased American painter, reportedly dealt with clinical depression and substance abuse.
Cole Porter, deceased American lyricist and composer, reportedly had clinical depression, paranoid delusions, OCD, and alcoholism.
Mark Rothko, Latvian-born Jewish American painter, reportedly suffered from clinical depression.
Charles Schulz, deceased American cartoonist and mastermind behind Peanuts, reportedly suffered from clinical depression.
Anne Sexton, deceased American poet and writer, reportedly had clinical depression and committed suicide in 1974.
Neil Simon, American playwright and screenwriter, reportedly has clinical depression.
Paul Simon, Grammy-winning musician and composer and the man I can thank for the chills every time I hear “Hello darkness, my old friend…,” reportedly has clinical depression.
Joey Slinger, Canadian journalist and author, reportedly has clinical depression.
William Styron, deceased American novelist and essayist, reportedly had clinical depression.
Tracy Thompson, American journalist, talks about her depression and aims to bust stigma with her book The Beast: A Journey Through Depression.
Leo Tolstoy, deceased Russian writer, reportedly had clinical depression as well as struggled with alcohol and substance abuse.
Vincent van Gogh, deceased Dutch Post-Impressionist artist, reportedly had both clinical depression and bipolar disorder.
Kurt Vonnegut, deceased American author, reportedly had clinical depression.
Tennessee Williams, deceased American playwright, reportedly suffered from depression and alcohol abuse.


Richard Moravits: “Dia De Los Muertos”


My art is a mix of line work and detailed texture molded together in a cohesive blend. Working mostly digitally to get my desired effect, I often add my own pen and ink drawings, photos or painting work to get some of the effects that can’t be achieved as easy digitally. I continue to layer all the parts until I am satisfied that the work is finished. My paintings are about color and form; I draw inspiration from Paul Calle and M. C. Escher for their brilliant line work and from the Impressionists. Exploration about what works and doesn’t work through trial and error is the most enjoyable part of my work as an artist . .

Simone Schiffmacher

Simone Schiffmacher has a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Fiber and has received a BFA at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Fiber and Material Studies. Simone has had her work displayed in group shows at the Cranbrook Museum of Art, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Art Space Gallery, the Detroit Artist Market, Delta College Gallery, Hatch Gallery,Canton Museum of Art, , and Reinberger Galleries. Her work has been mentioned in “Student Independent Exhibition at Cleveland Institute of Art surpasses last fall’s faculty show” as well as “CIA’s student show departs from conventionality.” She has had artist lectures at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Delta Community College and the Detroit Artist Market. Simone has been awarded; Cranbrook Academy of Art Scholarship Finalist, the 3th Hal and Cyndy Goodwin Award, Barbra L. Kulhman Foundation Scholarship, the 4th Hal and Cyndy Goodwin Award, the Wenda von Weise ’75 Memorial Scholarship, as well as Merit Scholarship.

Richard Thorpe

My name is Richard Thorpe, I’ve been a self taught oil painter for 13 years.  The style my Art has evolved into has gone from Surrealism, heavily influenced by Dali, to now what I would describe as Classical Realism..Primarily focusing on the human figure and an academic approach to the composition of the painting as a whole.  My goal is to capture my subjects in their own world, however elaborate that world may be.  As if a snapshot was merely taken.. The subjects are unaware of the viewer, if you will.. Yet while being arranged through various classical methods, mathematically the eye of the viewer is now guided through the space within the painting, causing the overall effect to be very naturally appealing to eye.


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